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Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has received representations from (a) the authorities in Uganda and (b) his Department's in-country programme office in Kampala regarding termination of the Uganda Forest Sector Policy and Strategy Project. 
On 13 December, DFID Uganda received a letter from Uganda's Minister of State for the Environment presenting his concerns about the implications of the completion of DFID's support for Uganda's forestry sector. DFID Uganda is in discussion with the Minister about his concerns. The final phase of DFID's Uganda Forest Sector Policy and Strategy Project began in 2001, and was scheduled to end in June 2003. Since then, DFID has granted the project two extensions to accommodate the slow pace of reform in the forestry sector. At the time of the last extension in June 2004, we agreed with the Ministry of Water, Lands and Environment that our support would formally end on 31 December 2004. The sector is well supported by other development partners.
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Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the membership is of the (a) Joint Nature Conservation Committee, (b) Advisory Committee on Business and Environment, (c) Advisory Committee on Consumer Products and the Environment, (d) Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances, (e) Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment, (f) Agricultural Dwelling House Advisory Committee, (g) Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales and (h) Agricultural Wages Committees for England; what the (i) cost of salaries and expenses to members and (ii) running cost of each body was in the last year for which figures are available; and how many staff are employed to service each body. 
Alun Michael: The appointees to each of these bodies and the figures that are available are listed, subject to the qualifications as follows.
(ii) The total cost of salaries and expenses paid to members and the running costs for each committee are included with Defra's accounts but a re not separately identifiable. I have included the remuneration levels, as at 31 March 2004 and the total sponsorship cost to the department (which would include remuneration and expenses of members, administrative costs, research funding and any other cost to the department directly related to the sponsorship of the body) for the last financial year.
(iii) Departmental staff service these bodies alongside a range of other duties but it is not possible to identify their numbers separately.
Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Advisory Committee on Consumer Products and the Environment
Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances
Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment
Agricultural Dwelling House Advisory Committee
Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales
1 The sponsorship costs for the Agricultural Wages Committees and Agricultural Dwelling House Advisory Committees are combined due to the fact that the same Defra division is responsible for them.
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