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Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether it is Government policy to support an extension to the Hib disease vaccination programme in Gambia beyond 2007. 
Mr. Thomas: The Government welcome the recent study, conducted by the World Health Organisation and the Medical Research Council, showing that the routine immunisation of young children against Hib disease, a major cause of meningitis and pneumonia in developing countries, has virtually eliminated the disease in The Gambia. We hope that these results will encourage other countries in sub-Saharan Africa to persevere with their own immunisation efforts.
Routine Hib vaccination was introduced in The Gambia in 1997 as part of the country's expanded programme of immunisation. No cases of invasive Hib have been detected since 2002. The programme is being supported by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), to which DFID has contributed since its inception in 2000. The GAVI is providing $3,229,000 for the Hib and Hepatitis vaccination programme for the period 200206 and is currently considering a second phase of support from 2007, taking into account priorities, performance and results, in consultation with the countries concerned. DFID has presently pledged support to the GAVI up to 200708.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list (a) the special advisers in his Department, (b) their specific areas of expertise and (c) the total cost of employing them in the latest year for which figures are available. 
Tibet is one of the poorest provinces in China. DFID is providing £0.5 million per year through Save the Children to meet the costs of programmes on health, sanitation and basic education in Tibet. The FCO also financed several small projects in Tibetan areas of other Chinese provinces over the last year.
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Mr. Thomas: The UK representatives on the executive board of the United Nations Population Fund do not have any connections to non-governmental organisations concerned with abortion related issues. The British representatives on the executive board of the United Nations Population Fund are DFID officials from its United Nations Commonwealth Department (UNCD) and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) officials from the UK mission in New York.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths in which the primary cause was (a) alcohol and (b) illegal drugs there were in (i)Southend and (ii) Essex in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many deaths in which the primary cause was (a) alcohol and (b) illegal drugs there were in (i) Southend and (ii) Essex in each of the last 10 years. I am replying in his absence. (10557)
The most recently available information is for deaths registered in 2004 and deaths occurring in 2003. Relevant figures are only readily available for deaths where the underlying cause was either related to drug poisoning or directly related to alcohol (alcohol abuse, dependence and poisoning, and diseases directly related to alcohol use). It is not possible to identify from death certificates which substance was the primary cause when more than one was involved.
Figures for alcohol-related deaths to usual residents of Southend and Essex registered in the years 1995 to 2004 are given in the attached table. ONS compiles a special database to analyse mortality from drug-related poisoning adding more detail than is available on routine annual extracts. This database is compiled using the annual occurrences extract of mortality data. Figures showing deaths related to drug poisoning involving controlled drugs occurring in the years 1994 to 2003, to usual residents of Southend and Essex, are given in the table below. Information on deaths involving illegal drugs is not available, as how the deceased obtained a particular drug is not recorded at death registration.
|(a) Alcohol-related deaths|
|(b) Deaths from drug-related poisoning involving controlled drugs|
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