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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for what reason the costings have been removed from the publicly available version of the St. Helena Access Feasibility Study undertaken by Atkins. 
Procurement of a suitably qualified contractor for the design, construction and operation of the airport on St. Helena is being taken forward through
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international competitive tendering. Making available the cost information contained in the Feasibility Study may prejudice the procurement process and compromise our ability to ensure value for money.
Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has made to governments from the (a) G8, (b) EU and (c) OPEC about the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund; and what responses he has received. 
Mr. Thomas: An expanded United Nations Emergency Revolving Fund (CERF) forms a key element of the wider package of reforms to the international humanitarian system currently under way. A resolution to establish the new CERF is currently under discussion in the UN General Assembly. The G8 Response to the Indian Ocean Disaster issued at Gleneagles 2005 welcomed the work being done on the CERF. The UK is the only G8 member to have made a pledge so far.
Under the UK presidency, the EU has issued statements at UN events such as the July meeting of the Economic and Social Council, and the World Summit in September, supporting the expanded CERF. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development, has continued to discuss this with EU ministerial colleagues. In addition, I addressed the EU Informal Humanitarian Aid Committee in October on the reform package. So far, contributions to the expanded CERF have been pledged by the UK ($70 million), Sweden ($40 million), the Netherlands ($12 million), Ireland ($12 million), and Luxembourg ($4 million).
In terms of representations to OPEC countries, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development wrote to the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia in September, but to date no reply has been received. The UK plans to make representations to Indonesia.
Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries have pledged funds to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund; and how much each has pledged. 
Mr. Thomas: To date a total of $172 million has been pledged from seven countries, including the UK. The UK contribution is $70 million (£40 million), and we have undertaken to increase it by $1 for every $3 donated by others, up to a maximum UK contribution of $100 million. The other six countries that have agreed to contribute are Sweden ($40 million), Norway ($30 million over 2 years), the Netherlands ($12 million), Ireland ($12 million), Switzerland ($4 million), and Luxembourg ($4 million).
Mr. Thomas: Immediately after the events in Andijan in May 2005, DFID suspended, and subsequently terminated, its support to a poverty statistics project being implemented jointly with the World Bank, which involved close co-operation with the central Government. DFID has since decided to end its bilateral programme with effectfrom March 2006 when our remaining bilateral project-working with the UnitedNations Development Programme and local government on a cross-border sustainable livelihoods programme with Tajikistan-comes to an end. Given the policies of the Uzbek government the potential impact on poverty reduction of our small bilateral programme is very limited.
We will continue to support the work of multilateral agencies in Uzbekistan, particularly the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The EBRD has agreed a new country strategy, limiting its assistance to the private sector. The World Bank and the ADB are in the process of revising their strategies. We are keeping closely in touch with them.
DFID's regional HIV/AIDS programme in Central Asia, working with the World Bank and other partners and based in the Kyrgyz Republic, will include a component in Uzbekistan, managed by a non-government agency. The programme has just begun, in the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and will run to 2008.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many crisis loans were issued in (a) Vale of Clwyd constituency and (b) Denbighshire in each week of (i) the six-month period prior to the closure of the Rhyl Benefits Office and (ii) the period since closure. 
Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Gravesham constituency are receiving maintenance via the Child Support Agency under the (a) old and (b) new scheme. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in respect of how many parliamentary questions tabled by the hon. Member for Yeovil on the Child Support Agency since 5 May the answers drafted by staff of the Child Support Agency have been altered following advice, representations or comment by (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Plaskitt: Ministers, special advisors and civil servants in the Department, including the Child Support Agency, contribute to drafting and quality assuring parliamentary question responses. The final reply is then the responsibility of the Minister or chief executive as appropriate.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of Child Support Agency staff have been working for the Agency for (a) less than one year and (b) less than two years; and if he will make a statement. 
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of Child Support Agency staff have been working for the Agency for (a) less than one year and (b) less than two years; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of the failures of the new Child Support Agency computer system on the Government's ability to meet its poverty reduction targets; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Plaskitt: The Child Support Agency contributes to the Government's wider target for the reduction of child poverty through a supporting target to increase the proportion of parents with care on income support and income-based jobseeker's allowance who receive maintenance for their children.
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to process compensation payments made to Child Support Agency clients for administrative errors was in 200405. 
Financial redress is made to clients in cases where maladministration has occurred. The Agency does not hold robust information to distinguish administrative errors from other acts of maladministration.
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what disability benefits and allowances are taken into account when calculating Child Support Agency maintenance payments under the (a) old and (b) new systems. 
Mr. Plaskitt [holding answer 28 November 2005]: The old child support scheme takes fully into account as income payments of incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance and certain elements of industrial injuries disablement benefit awards. War disablement pension, and any analogous payment made by another state, is taken into account apart from the first £10 a week.
Where a non-resident parent is entitled to a relevant benefit and would otherwise be required to pay the minimum amount of child support maintenance, their liability will instead be nil. The relevant disability benefits are incapacity benefit, attendance allowance, severe disablement allowance, disability living allowance and certain elements of industrial injuries disablement benefit.
The new child support scheme is more straightforward, the amount of a disability benefit or allowance is ignored in the calculation of a non-resident parent's income.
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Non-resident parents in receipt of a benefit generally pay child support maintenance at a flat-rate of £5 a week.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the backlog of Child Support Agency claims made by claimants in Coventry South was in each month since January 2004. 
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the national targets are for the Child Support Agency; and what the performance of relevant offices in Devon and Cornwall has been against those targets. 
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