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IT Contracts

Mr. Sayeed: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list information technology contracts in his Department with a value of above £20 million in each of the last 10 years; what the inception date for each system was; when it became fully functional; when it became fully debugged; and what the cost of over-runs has been. [146199]

Hilary Benn: The Department for International Development has had no information technology contracts above £20 million in the last 10 years. Our new systems and IT infrastructure upgrades have generally been modest in scope and incremental in nature. This has helped to reduce the potential risks and allowed us to stay generally on schedule and within budget.

South Africa

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment the Government have made of the impact of reducing aid to South Africa. [146162]

Hilary Benn: South Africa is not dependent on financial transfers from international donors—aid from all donors represents less than 1 per cent. of the

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country's annual budget. Donors' contribution to development in South Africa is in the form of technical assistance to build capacity to develop and implement pro-poor policies. DFID has contributed more than £200 million in technical assistance to South Africa in the 10 years since the democratic transition there. Figures for annual spending since 1998–99 and plans up to 2005–06 are shown as follows. As shown, and in line with our overall strategy on assistance to middle income countries, we are planning a reduction in planned expenditure for the year beginning April 2005. We are discussing with the South African government how to manage this. We will continue to maintain a substantial programme there in recognition of the poverty problems inherited from the apartheid period, the growing spread of HIV/AIDS, and the critical importance of successful transition in South Africa for the prospects of sub-Saharan Africa as a whole.

DFID-SA bilateral spending on Southern Africa MICs
£ millions

South AfricaBotswanaNamibiaSwazilandTotal


DFID (2003) Statistics on International Development 1998–99 to 2002–03. Table 7.1.

Future framework allocation for Southern African MICs

£ million
2003–04 35
2004–05 35
2005–06 25


Hospital Trolley Waits

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hospital trolley waits there were in Northern Ireland in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002 and (d) 2003; and how many there were in December of each year. [146305]

Angela Smith: Trolley wait information is returned to the Department in two different forms, on a quarterly basis and on a daily basis.

The total number of hospital trolley waits is reported to the Department by Trusts on a quarterly basis.

Number of hospital trolley waits recorded in Northern Ireland—1999–2000 to 2002–03

Financial YearTrolley Waits


In a small number of cases Trusts have returned data for a representative sample of trolley waits.


Departmental Information Return CH10

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The Department also receives daily returns (Monday to Friday) on the number of trolley waits based on a snapshot taken at 9.00 a.m. in each accident and emergency department across Northern Ireland.

Number of hospital trolley waits recorded in Northern Ireland each December 2000 -03

DecemberTrolley waits
2000Not available


This information shows a snapshot of the number of trolley waits at 9.00 a.m. each week day morning.


Daily Service Pressures Report


Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many tourists (a) in vehicles and (b) as foot passengers passed through (i) Larne and (ii) Belfast ports in each of the last five years. [144267]

Mr. Pearson: The information requested on the number of tourists passing through the Ports of Larne and Belfast is not available in the form requested in the question.

However, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board's Passenger Survey provides some information on the number of tourists passing through the Ports of Larne and Belfast. The survey identifies visitors (non-Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland residents) who stay at least one night in Northern Ireland and exit via the Ports of Larne or Belfast. The survey does not break down the figures by foot and vehicle passengers. The results of the survey are provided in the following table:

Visitors staying at least one night in Northern Ireland and exiting via the ports of Larne or Belfast 1998–2002




Mr. John Burnett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the judiciary about the power of Parliament to oust the jurisdiction of the courts in exercising a supervisory or other jurisdiction in relation to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal. [145640]

Mr. Lammy: As part of the policy development process we have spoken to representatives of the senior

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judiciary and they are aware of the changes we plan to make to the system. As with much policy development, this consultation was undertaken in confidence and so I am not in a position to make the discussions or the outcomes public.

Mr. Russell Brown: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the (a) overall cost per annum and (b) average cost per case was for legal aid for asylum cases in each of the last five years. [145795]

Mr. Lammy: The Legal Services Commission is not able to provide the information in the format requested, as it does not differentiate asylum from wider immigration cases.

The overall costs for immigration and asylum advice, assistance and representation over the last five years in England and Wales are as follows:

Year£ million

The Commission's systems do not record expenditure in such a way as to enable a figure to be provided for the year-on-year, average costs per asylum case.

Civil Servants

Tim Loughton: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many senior civil servants in his Department are disabled, expressed in (a) numbers and (b) as a percentage of whole-time equivalents. [144975]

Mr. Lammy: Statistical information about senior civil servants with disabilities is available on the Civil Service Statistics web-site at

As there are fewer than 5 members of the senior civil service in my department with a disability, the actual number is not published in order to protect the privacy of the individual in line with exemption 12 of the 'Code of Practice on Access to Government Information'.


Departmental Advertising

Miss Kirkbride: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent on recruitment advertisements in the press, broken down by publication, by (a) his Department, (b) quangos under the Department and (c) non-departmental Government bodies under the Department (i) in the last year and (ii) since 1997. [145801]

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Mr. Rammell: The information is as follows:

Financial year to end March 2003

FCO London

PaperCost (£)
A1—Administrative Assistants—June 2002, September 2002,October 2002, March 2003
South London Press19,348.80
Metro and Evening Standard91,544.00
A2—Executive Assistants—July 2002, October 2002, February 2003
Evening Standard and Metro15,722.40
Daily Mail35,713.44
Ethnic Media Group8,510.00
The Voice4,261.68
Glasgow Herald10,858.40
Scotsman (inc. Evening News)12,690.00
Belfast Telegraph (inc. Sunday Life)7,354.71
Cardiff Western Mail14,064.60
Metro Manchester2,352.16
Glasgow Evening Times2,856.80
Edinburgh Evening News3,816.80
Metro Scotland913.20
Metro Birmingham2,536.64
B3—Operational Entry—September 2002, January 2003
Belfast Telegraph4,832.97
Cardiff Western Mail9,615.50
Ethnic Media Group5,513.68
Evening Standard and Metro10,872.00
Glasgow Herald10,985.60
The Scotsman11,160.80
The Voice2,837.12
Overseas Security Managers—January 2003
Police Review3,816.24
C4—DS General—September 2002
The Voice1,317.40
Asian Times1,645.00
Belfast Telegraph2,055.16
Glasgow Herald4,342.00
Cardiff Western Mail3,347.90
C4—DS Economists—September 2002, January 2003
The Voice1,317.40
Asian Times1,645.00
Belfast Telegraph4,680.32
Glasgow Herald9,554.00
Cardiff Western Mail6,469.40
Sunday Times Website340.00
Ethnic Media Group2,908.00
Specialist Recruitment
Accountancy Age3,000.00
Asian Times Group1,506.00
Bedfordshire Times950.00
Ethnic Media Group19,764.00
Evening Standard1,296.00
Financial Times5,250.00
Luton and Dunstable Herald1,577.00
Milton Keynes Chronicle834.50
Milton Keynes Citizen3,362.70
New Scientist10,495.00
Northampton Chronicle2,067.00
Northampton Herald and Sport1,223.00
Northants Curon and Echo1,587.00
Sunday Times7,840.00
The Times1,519.00
Diversity Advertising
Hobsons Career Guide for Women 2003
Hobsons Career Guide for Students with
Disabilities 2003
Hobsons Career Guide for Ethnic Minorities 200382,500.00
Hobsons Diversity Handbook microsite
Newsletters for Ethnic Minority students
KAL—Careers Advice for Ethnic Minority
Number Ten—Careers Advice for Women
Arberry Profile—Careers Advice for Disabled81,114.00
Recruitment Brochures
Spectrum—Careers Advice for Ethnic Minority
16–19 Year Olds
Doctor Job's Little Black Book4,450.00 employer profile
National Guide to Black History Month3,100.00
Futures/Network News5,600.00
Employment Opportunities website and newsletter2,000.00
Black and Asian Graduate website495.00

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FCO Hanslope Park

PaperCost (£)
C4 Contract Managers—April 2002
Personnel Publications4,465.00
C4 Electrical Technician Officer—April 2002
McMillan Scott705.00
Premier Newspapers4,450.76
Institution of Electrical Engineers4,624.80
D7 Head of Technical Security—May 2002
Premier Newspapers4,450.76
Express Newspapers9,987.50
C4 Investigating Officer—September 2002
Daily Mail4,758.75
Jane's Information Group3,877.50
A1 Mail Room Assistants—November 2002
Evening Standard1,057.50
B3 Assistant Government Butler—March 2003
Restaurant Magazine1,938.75
Evening Standard2,350.00
Caterer and Hotel Keeper1,854.16
Total cost of advertising April 2002 to March 2003: £716,234.16


We advertise widely for jobs in the Diplomatic Service and specialist positions, as well as general careers advertisements placed in diversity publications and websites. The placement of adverts is reviewed regularly according to the nature of the position, cost and response from previous advertisements. The above breakdown for the years 1997–2002 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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