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The Secretary of State for International Development (Hilary Benn): The Prime Minister is today launching a new initiativethe Commission for Africato take a fresh look at the challenges Africa faces. The Commission aims to generate increased support for the G8 Africa Action Plan and the New Partnership for African Development (NePAD).
The Commission will conclude its work and report next spring. The Commission will set out the facts on Africa and its assessment of policy on Africa (both within Africa and internationally): where it has worked; where it has failed; where more could be done; and where more support is needed from the international community
The commissioners will be politicians and opinion formers, drawn from developed countries and Africa. Gordon Brown, Hilary Benn, Prime Minister Meles of Ethiopia, K.Y. Amoako (Head of the UN Economic Commission for Africa), Trevor Manuel (South African Minister of Finance), Michel Calmness's (President Chirac's Africa Personal Representative) and Sir Bob Geldof are already confirmed as commissioners. The Prime Minister will chair meetings of the Commission and will agree the final report. The International Development Secretary will oversee the ongoing work of the Commission on the Prime Minister's behalf.
The commissioners, supported by a secretariat, will consult a wide range of experts and thinkers on each issue. The process will be open with public seminars and meetings to discuss the themes and issues. We hope that many organisations will contribute to this work. Each commissioner will host meetings, hold debates and call for papers on the theme he/she is leading. The full Commission will meet once or twice before the report is finalised to discuss and agree its overall direction.
Over the next 12 months the commissioners will take forward discussions on the key challenges to Africa's development. The themes of the reportand commissioners' responsibilitieswill be decided at the first meeting of the Commission in April, but are likely to include some or all of the following: the economy (including development finance, economic integration and trade); education; conflict resolution and peacebuilding; health; the environment; HIV/AIDS; governance; and culture.
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The Minister for the Environment (Mr. Elliot Morley): The Government is publishing the fifth part of the "Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate (Framework)" on energy today. This will be available from the sustainable development in Government website. Copies of the website, on CD-Rom, will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
The energy section of the framework breaks new ground: it sets a Government-wide commitment to reduce carbon on the Government estate that will make an important contribution to the UK's Kyoto target, and will help to deliver our Energy White Paper commitments. The framework will now require all estate mgement contracts to take account of measures and opportunities for reducing carbon emissions and collecting energy data.
Our ongoing work on the framework defines a set of cross-Government targets for sustainable development, and outlines the mechanisms by which Departments will be expected to achieve them. These challenging targets give a clear indication of the Government's continued determination to take a lead in the practical implementation and achievement of sustainable development.
The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Mr. Douglas Alexander): The aggregate of civil defence grants to be made for the financial year 200405 is £19,038,000. Some £100,000 will be retained as discretionary grant for special projects and special events deemed of benefit to the wider civil protection community in England and Wales. The remaining £18,938,000 will be allocated to individual authorities as set out below.
|Local Authority||Grant Allocation 200405 (£)|
|Barking & Dagenham||75,969|
|Bath & North East Somerset||90,011|
|Blackburn with Darwen||70,658|
|Brighton & Hove||81,172|
|Corporation of London||60,145|
|East Riding of Yorkshire||72,166|
|Greater Manchester FCDA||64,060|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||76,719|
|Hull (Kingston upon Hull)||72,265|
|Isle of Wight||72,230|
|Isles of Scilly||53,708|
|Kensington and Chelsea||74,788|
|Kingston upon Thames||67,654|
|Neath Port Talbot||70,259|
|Newcastle Upon Tyne||102,823|
|North East Lincolnshire||71,624|
|Redcar and Cleveland||69,693|
|Rhondda Cynon Taff||82,319|
|Richmond upon Thames||69,424|
|South Yorkshire FCDA||84,356|
|Telford and Wrekin||72,385|
|Tyne & Wear FCDA||34,892|
|Vale of Glamorgan||72,385|
|West Midlands FCDA||60,386|
|West Yorkshire FCDA||61,593|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||66,796|
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