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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what her target time is in 200405 (a) to reply to letters from hon. Members and (b) for the officials in her Office to reply to letters received directly from members of the public. 
Ruth Kelly: The Cabinet Office target time for replying to letters from hon. Members is 15 working days. The same target time applies to officials replying to letters received directly from members of the public.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will list the European Union directives and regulations relating to the Office that have been implemented in each of the last two years, specifying (a) the title and purpose of each, (b) the cost to public funds of each and (c) the cost to businesses of each. 
Mr. O'Hara: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Regulatory Reform Orders have been approved by the House in each year since 2001; and what target has been set by the Government for the number of Regulatory Reform Orders to be approved by 2005. 
Ruth Kelly: Since 2001, a total of 20 Regulatory Reform Orders have been made, and a further eight proposals have been laid for parliamentary scrutiny. The number of Regulatory Reform Orders made each year since 2001 is as follows:
(2) how many appeals were made by civil servants to the Civil Service Commissioners regarding special advisers in her Office between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004; and when each appeal was lodged. 
Ruth Kelly: Paragraph 22 of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers states that any civil servant who believes that the action of a special adviser goes beyond that adviser's authority or breaches the Civil Service Code should raise the matter immediately with the Secretary of the Cabinet or the First Civil Commissioner, directly or through a senior civil servant.
Information relating to complaints made by civil servants to the Civil Service Commissioners is set out in the Civil Service Commissioners' annual report. Copies of reports for the period 199697 to 200304 are available in the Library and can also be obtained on-line at www.civilservicecommissioners.gov.uk.
Ruth Kelly: Cabinet Office has offered to assist with funding for the creation of a Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET). It is the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) responsibility to establish whether offers and/or fees and charges would be appropriate for the establishment and maintenance of CPET.
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid programmes, have been supported in Angola during each of the last five years; at what value; and what programmes his Department is planning for the next three years. 
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DFID's current activities in the above areas of focus (peace-building, humanitarian reform, economic reform and poverty reduction) will continue until the end of 2006. DFID will remain actively involved in supporting Angola's post-conflict transition and is also looking at how we can strengthen our collaboration with the World Bank (WB) and European Commission (EC). We are also looking at what more we can do to include Angola in DFID's support to the wider South African Development Community (SADC).
DFID is also funding programmes in Angola multilaterally, through the EC and the UN. In 2002 (the latest available figures) the UK's attributed share of multilateral expenditure in Angola was as follows:
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost of was of (a) in-house canteen and (b) other catering services provided by his Department in each of the last two years. 
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government are taking to assist humanitarian agencies in overcoming obstruction of the delivery of assistance to displaced persons on the border between Thailand and Burma. 
Mr. Gareth Thomas: Most internally displaced people live in sensitive or conflict-affected areas to which international agencies have limited access. Securing increased access to such areas for development agencies is an important objective of DFID. We are currently working with International organisations such as the UN to encourage the Burmese authorities to do this. DFID is providing £500,000 to support the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross which has been able to gradually increase its access within Burma over the last three years and is now operating in significant areas of Shan and Karen states and Tenassarim division.
The UK Government are doing everything they can to press the Burmese authorities to begin a genuine process of reform involving all political parties and ethnic groups in Burma. Political progress is essential to underpin an end to the conflict that is both a major cause of displacement of people in Burma and a fundamental obstacle to meeting the needs of many poor people in Burma, including internally displaced people.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate the Government have made of the number of people that remain displaced from their homes in the eastern regions of Burma; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Gareth Thomas: The UK has not made an independent estimate of the number of people displaced from their homes in eastern Burma. However, in October 2004, the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) estimated that the number of people displaced from their homes in eastern Burma was at least 526,000. The TBBC estimated that of these people, 365,000 were living in temporary settlements in areas administered by the ethnic minority cease-fire groups; 77,000 were living in designated relocation sites in areas administered by the Burmese authorities; and 84,000 were in hiding in conflict areas.
The situation of these internally displaced people, and that of many other poor people in rural Burma, is extremely vulnerable. Reliable statistics are not available. But access to education and primary health care is limited, and poverty is widespread. DFID is working with the UN, International Committee of the Red Cross and others to help improve access to these populations and to provide protection and assistance to them.
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