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Adam Smith Institute

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what work his Department has commissioned from the Adam Smith Institute in the last five years; and how much each of these projects cost. [146938]

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Hilary Benn: Pursuant to the response given to the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetlands on 12 January 2004, Official Report, column 518W which gave the figures for the original value of contracts awarded to Adam Smith International Ltd. The following table sets

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out the current value of these contracts, made up of the original value plus any increases or extensions since. All contracts with Adam Smith International Ltd. have been awarded and managed in line with DFID's standard procurement procedures.

Project titleCurrent value (£) (original contract value plus cost of any increases or extensions)Country
1999PR Unit Support for Parastatal Sector Reform Commission (PSRC)430,625Tanzania
1999Privatisation Project Phase 3 and 4 Managing Consultant1,718,736Guyana
1999Privatisation Agency Support Project Consultancy560,752Zimbabwe
1999Technical Assistance for Public Enterprise Reform in Orissa3,667,571India
1999Assistance to the Palestinian Negotiations Affairs Department9,131,555West Bank and Gaza
1999Additional Support to the Privatisation Board106,241Bangladesh
1999UK-Ireland Privatisation and Regulation Study Tour11,145Tanzania
1999Medium Term Programme of Capacity Building for PURC1,559,960Ghana
1999Initital Support to the Budgetary Processes of the Government of Macedonia44,315Macedonia
2000Rehabilitation of Cyclone Damaged Lift Irrigation Points in Orissa1,296,327India
2000Seminar on Export Credits and Developing Countries102,594United Kingdom
2000Lead Adviser to Parastatal Sector Reform Commission (PSCR)229,966Tanzania
2000Russia Trade Policy Project1,199,986Russia
2001Conference on Disinvestment70,000India
2001Support for Public Sector Undertaking Reforms & Social Safety Net in Madhya Pradesh80,000India
2001PSCR: Water Privatisation and Regulation Study Tour54,924Tanzania
2001Communications Film for Department of Disinvestment89,500India
2001Consultants for Standards, Technical Regulatory Barriers Programme92,870Global (non project specific)
2002Trade Training for DFID Staff20,075United Kingdom
2002Pilot Training and Capacity Building in International Watercourse Law151,008Kyrgyz Republic
2002Trade Training for DFID Staff—Bangkok32,328United Kingdom
2002Support for Capacity-building in the Ministry of Finance and Central Bank3,277,815Afghanistan
2003Support Services for Public Enterprise Restructuring in South Africa6,363,435South Africa, Republic of
2003Support to Water Sector Regulation by PURC—Ghana1,079,100Ghana
2003Andhra Pradesh Economic Restructuring Programme—Public Enterprise Reforms, Phase II416,435India
2003Economic Support within 1st Military Division HQ Basra.55,510Iraq
2003Economic Development within 1st Military Division HQ Basra.119,848Iraq
2003Support to the Office of the Prime Minister and to the Cabinet Office.100,400West Bank and Gaza
2003ITD—DFID Staff Training288,685Global (non project specific)
2003Asia Trade Consultancy44,200United Kingdom
2003International Lawyer within 1st Military Division HQ Basra.131,868Iraq
2003Economic Support to Coalition Provisional Authority South (CPAS)111,255Iraq
2003Secondment of Negotiations Support Staff to the Office of Prime Minister.75,800West Bank and Gaza
Legal Adviser within Coalition Provisional Authority South (CPAS)72,925Iraq


DFID contracts have been subject to untied international competition since 2001, using the EU Public Procurement Regulations.

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to his answer of 12 January 2004, Official Report, column 518W, on the Adam Smith Institute, how much his Department has spent on work undertaken by the Adam Smith Institute in each of the last 10 years. [148671]

Hilary Benn: Information on payments is only available for the last six years. Payments to Adam Smith International Ltd. were as follows:

Adam Smith International Ltd.


The above does not include payment data for any lower value locally let contracts. This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what outcomes have been monitored arising from contracted services provided to his Department by the Adam Smith Institute and its subsidiaries. [146959]

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Hilary Benn: All DFID projects are monitored to ensure contracted services make the intended contribution to project outcomes. We have not made special arrangements for consultancy advice from Adam Smith International Ltd.

Advertising and Information

Brian Cotter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) his Department and (b) each agency and non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department has spent on (i) advertising and (ii) information campaigns in each year from 1995–96 to 2003–04 (estimated); and if he will make a statement. [149621]

Hilary Benn: Our expenditure on Publicity, which forms a part of our effort to raise development awareness and understanding of international development issues in the UK, has been as follows:



(5)Provisional forecast figure

We do not hold a separate advertising budget, The majority of advertising relates to recruitment advertising in newspapers and journals. Figures for the four calendar years are as follows:



Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many refugees have returned to Afghanistan from refugee camps in (a) Iran and (b) Pakistan; and how many remain. [150648]

Hilary Benn: At the beginning of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR's) repatriation programme in April 2002, UNHCR's estimate of the Afghan refugee caseload in Iran was 1.5 million. Since then, over 500,000 people have returned to Afghanistan. Only five per cent. of these are believed to have originated in camps.

In Pakistan, the refugee caseload was estimated at 3.5 million in March 2002. Over 1.5 million were repatriated in 2002 and over 300,000 returned in 2003. The bulk of returnees so far, has consisted of refugees living in urban areas rather than camps. The 1.5 million remaining in Pakistan almost all live in camps.

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Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many Afghans in refugee camps belong to women-headed households. [150649]

Hilary Benn: The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as yet have no specific figures for the number of Afghans in refugee camps belonging to women-headed households. The most detailed information they can currently offer is that approximately 50 to 60 per cent. of refugees in camps in Pakistan are women and that five to 10 per cent. of these are of adult age. In Iran, only five per cent. of refugees live in camps, and of these, only 38 per cent. are women.

UNHCR, however, anticipate that more detailed information will become available over the next year. Elections in Afghanistan are planned for June 2004 and UNHCR is currently discussing ways to carry out voter registration for Afghan refugees with the Government of Pakistan and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). This should start to shed more light on the make-up of the refugee population. UNHCR also has plans for a separate census, which the Government of Pakistan have asked them to carry out in order to get a better picture of the remaining refugee caseload in Pakistan. It is expected that this will be carried out after voter registration of refugees to avoid confusion. UNHCR believes this will provide an insight, among other things, into the number of women-headed households and their dependents.

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