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PRIME MINISTER

Convention on the Future of Europe

Llew Smith: To ask the Prime Minister what matters were discussed, and what papers were considered, at his meeting with Mr. Giscard d'Estaing on 19 May. [115668]

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The Prime Minister: Our meeting focused on the work of the Convention on the Future of Europe. As mandated, the Convention is due to present its conclusions to the European Council at Thessaloniki, 20–21 June.

Iraq

Adam Price: To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the US Administration on the restoration of the US dollar as Iraq's oil currency. [115896]

The Prime Minister: None.

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Afghanistan

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development if he will make a statement on the security situation in Afghanistan and its effect on humanitarian and reconstruction work. [115403]

Hilary Benn: The security situation continues to cause concern, and is hampering the operations of NGOs and UN agencies in the south and eastern provinces of Afghanistan. Reconstruction projects are continuing, however, although a lack of security may affect efforts to refurbish roads in some parts of the south and east.

The deployment of Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) is designed to facilitate improved security in the regions and extend the authority of the Afghan Transitional Administration. The US have already deployed three PRTs to Gardez, Bamiyan and Kunduz provinces. The UK has recently announced its intention to lead a PRT in Mazaar-l-Shariff in the north of Afghanistan.

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development which non-governmental organisations have recently left Afghanistan citing security as their reason for evacuation. [115620]

Hilary Benn: I am not aware of any non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which have left Afghanistan due to the deteriorating security situation in parts of the south. In southern Afghanistan, particularly following the killing of an international ICRC worker in March 2003, some NGOs temporarily suspended their operations in the more remote areas and withdrew, either back to the regional centre at Kandahar, or to the capital, Kabul. Most of these, such as Mercy Corps International (MCI), Oxfam, Tear Fund, Action Contre La Faim (ACF) and Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF), do, however, continue to operate. The major change as result of insecurity has been in their mode of operation, forcing them to concentrate on more secure areas around Kandahar.

Mr. Battle: To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development which British non governmental organisations are working on reconstruction in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement. [115927]

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Hilary Benn: The following non-governmental organisations are registered in the United Kingdom and working on Afghanistan reconstruction:


Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development how much money promised by the Government to help rebuild Afghanistan has yet to be donated; and if he will make a statement. [116132]

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Hilary Benn: US $4.5 billion was pledged by donors at the Tokyo conference in January 2002 over a period of between one and five years, depending on the donor. US $1.8 billion was disbursed last year to Afghanistan. A similar amount has been pledged for the current financial year. Donors such as the US, who had only made one-year pledges at the Tokyo conference, used the Afghan Development Forum held in March 2003 to make new pledges. The total pledged now stands at US $5.2 billion.

Agency Workers

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development how many agency workers have been employed by the Department in each of the last two years; and at what cost to public funds. [115206]

Hilary Benn: DFID does not maintain a central record of agency workers employed in our headquarters offices in London and East Kilbride. We have obtained information directly from the various agencies we use, although not all agencies hold records for all the data requested.

The information set out in the following table is therefore incomplete, but does provide a reasonable approximation of the numbers and costs.

Agency workers

Financial yearAgency staff numbers in DFID LondonAgency staff spend in DFID London £Agency staff numbers in DFID East KilbrideAgency staff spend in East Kilbride £Total of agency staff for both locationsTotal spend on agency staff for both locations £
2001–02210752,780636,957216789,737
2002–03131827,16649277,6421801,104,808

Aid (Overseas Territories)

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development how much aid has been given to Overseas Territories since 1993. [115340]

Hilary Benn: The Department for International Development's bilateral assistance to Overseas Territories for each of the UK financial years from 1993–94 to 2001–02 is shown in the following table. Figures for 2002–03 are not yet available but are expected to be published next month. These figures do not include any assistance which may have been allocated over the period under the EU Overseas Countries and Territories Decision.

£000

CountryTotal DFID programme
Anguilla1993–943,271
1994–952,142
1995–961,226
1996–971,362
1997–982,520
1998–991,977
1999–002,058
2000–012,234
2001–021,847
British Virgin Islands1993–941,515
1994–95308
1995–96592
1996–971,085
1997–98604
1998–99622
1999–00517
2000–01186
2001–0289
Cayman Islands1993–943
1994–9586
1995–9621
1996–970
1997–980
1998–9923
1999–0018
2000–0120
2001–023
Montserrat1993–945,689
1994–955,766
1995–966,554
1996–9714,441
1997–9837,866
1998–9931,096
1999–0022,640
2000–0120,811
2001–0224,417
Pitcairn Islands1993–94108
1994–95180
1995–96203
1996–97160
1997–9876
1998–99148
1999–0099
2000–0118
2001–0226
St. Helena1993–949,057
1994–958,161
1995–969,267
1996–977,990
1997–988,765
1998–998,805
1999–009,363
2000–0110,116
2001–0210,106
Turks and Caicos Islands1993–9410,049
1994–954,387
1995–962,674
1996–973,031
1997–982,569
1998–993,808
1999–004,044
2000–012,848
2001–022,754
Bermuda1993–9424
1994–9537
1995–9630
1996–9757
1997–9830
1998–990
1999–0013
2000–014
2001–020
Falkland Islands and Deps1993–9412
1994–9588
1995–9619
1996–974
1997–980
1998–990
1999–000
2000–010
2001–020
Gibraltar1993–94142
1994–95179
1995–9677
1996–97118
1997–9854
1998–9928
1999–0023
2000–0127
2001–0223

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Bilateral Aid

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development which countries receive direct budget support from the Department; how much; and how much total bilateral aid each of these countries receives. [116774]

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Hilary Benn: The amount and forms of total bilateral assistance that DFID has given to individual countries is shown in tables 7.1 to 7.5 in the DFID publication, "Statistics on International Development". The 2002 edition contains figures relating to the years 1997–98 to 2001–02, the latest for which data are available. A copy can be found in the House of Commons Library, or alternately, on DFID's website at: http://www.dfid.gov.uk/Pubs/files/SID2002 main.pdf

In these tables, the column headed 'Programme Aid' is non-project financing that benefits the Central Government budget. In the same set of tables, the column titled 'Total DFID Programme' shows the total bilateral assistance given to a country in that year by DFID. In some cases, budget support is given to a particular sector as part of a sector-wide initiative. These figures are included in the 'Project or Sector Aid' column, but the element supporting sector budgets is not separately recorded.


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