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Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State forInternational Development how many freedom of information applications his Department has received; how many have taken more than 20 days to process; and how many of these gave rise to complaints about the time taken. 
Mr. Thomas: Between 1 January and 30 June 2005, DFID received 151 freedom of information requests. Of these, 48 took more than 20 working days to complete. Requesters sought internal reviews on the timeliness of handling for three requests.
The Department for Constitutional Affairs is committed to publishing quarterly updates in relation to departmental performance under FOI, including information on both the volume and outcomes of requests. The bulletin for the second quarter was
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published on 30 September 2005 and can be found on the DCA website at http://www.foi.gov.uk/statsapr-jun05.htm and in the Libraries of both Houses. The next bulletin will be published before Christmas, while an annual report will be published in early 2006.
Mrs. James: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions his Department has had with the Government of (a) Lesotho, (b) Swaziland and (c) Somalia on HIV/AIDS infection, prevention and treatment. 
In both countries, DFID is providing support for both prevention and care activities through a programme managed by the Southern Africa Development Community. The project is providing £7.5 million for the sub-region, of which £2 million is being spent in Lesotho and Swaziland respectively. The work focuses upon treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), behaviour change and the promotion of condom use. DFID has also financed key posts within the Department of Health. In Swaziland, DFID support targets the provision of Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) and in Lesotho it is directed towards monitoring and evaluation through the AIDS secretariat in the Ministry of Health.
In Lesotho, DFID is providing additional support (£1.7 million 200508) to develop the National AIDS Commission so that the country can develop a more co-ordinated response. This support is combined with assistance to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), to strengthen civil society and with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to help the Government build work on HIV/AIDS into its economic and development planning.
Outside of these project activities, we have most frequently discussed issues of HIV and AIDS with officials in the National AIDS Councils of the respective countries. Because the epidemic continues to infect many people, our discussions concentrate on both prevention and care.
In Somalia, resources from the Global Fund were committed in June 2005. DFID is providing £00,000 to the UNDP to bridge the gap until Global Fund resources come online. DFID support to the UNDP will help to build capacity to the National AIDS Commissions in Somaliland and Puntland, and should benefit the entire population. The funding will also comprise support to Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) and Anti-retroviral (ARV) programmes, which are likely to reach 1,000 people.
We are also contributing funding to UNAIDS for a 'five country strategy' which runs from 200406. The aim of the programme is to improve co-ordination on HIV and AIDS across all five countries. Approximately £950,000 will go to Somalia which equates to 26 per cent. of the total funding package for this programme.
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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has hadwith Arab States about the provision of aid and assistance to Palestinian refugees; and if he will make a statement. 
Hilary Benn: The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is mandated by the UN General Assembly to provide education, health, relief and social services to Palestinian refugees. As a major contributor to the UNRWA, providing approximately £15 million this year, DFID has regular contacts with Arab States that are hosts of refugees or provide financial assistance to the UNRWA. Most recently, DFID participated in UNRWA's annual Hosts and Donors Meeting in Jordan and, as holding the EU presidency, made a statement on behalf of the EU. In September DFID participated in the annual Advisory Commission meeting which includes the four host authorities (Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian Authority) and seven other countries, including the UK.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he will publish a Public Service Agreement delivery plan for 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 5. 
Hilary Benn: We do not intend to publish the delivery plan for 200508, as this is an internal document. However, the Government regularly reports progress against PSA Target 5 in the annual Departmental and Autumn Performance Reports. These reports are publicly available on the DFID and other relevant Departments' websites. Details of the measurement systems underpinning the target are published in the PSA Technical Note, which is publicly available onthe DFID website: www.dfid.gov.uk/pubs/files/PSA/technicalnotes.pdf
Mr. Thomas: The UN has released a 90-day winter plan that builds on the response of the past eight weeks. The focus remains on providing shelter and food for those living at high altitudes. The Government of Pakistan and the humanitarian community continue to provide relief assistance to between 350,000 and 380,000 people who remain in remote areas, and to provide camp services for up to 250,000 people in official and self settled camps.
The United Nations has reported that a significant number of the tents provided are not winterised and efforts are under way to reinforce their protection against the winter conditions. The relief effort is also providing shelter using local materials with support for the construction of shelters with warm rooms.
DFID has provided 5,500 winterised tents directly, and is giving further assistance to shelter provision through its support to United Nations agencies and
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non-governmental organisations working in this sector. DFID officials have, in consultation with the United Nations, identified a further package worth £1 million of the most urgently needed support to shelter provision. We are working with the United Nations to deliver this additional support as quickly as possible.
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the
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applications submitted by non-St Helenians for land purchase licences in each year since 1997; who the applicant was in each case; and what total land mass each application concerned. 
Mr. Thomas: The Governor in Council" has considered, or is considering, the following applications received since 1997. Decisions are made according to the Immigrants' Landholding (Restriction) Ordinance.
Date of application
|Land area(s) (Acres)|
|28 July 1997||Janet Lesley Barlow||0.29||Refused|
|20 October 1998||Rex Alan Bartlett and Cynthia Laura Barefoot||1.9||Granted|
|14 June 1998||Patrick Solan and Jean Solan||0.35||Withdrawn|
|23 February 1999||Per Richard Lochen||1.7||Granted|
|24 February 1999||Robin Castell||2.0||Granted|
|9 April 1999||Christopher John Grattan-Cooper and Lindsay Helen Grattan-Cooper||0.51||Granted|
|25 February 1999||Michel Dancoisne-Martineau||12.0||Granted|
|28 May 1999||Michel Dancoisne Martineau||69.0||Granted|
|New Apostolic Church||0.37||Granted|
|5 August 1999||Kelly Kosky and Kathleen Ann Kosky||35.41||Granted|
|1 December 1999||Paul Oliver (Joint Ownership With Wife Who Is An Islander)||0.31|
|16 March 2000||Mikael Per Olsson||10.7||Leasehold interest, granted|
|12 August 2000||Eurnest Oliver Crouch and Ingrid Catharina Crouch||0.37||Withdrawn|
|13 November 2000||Jeremy Robert White (joint ownership with wife who is an islander)||1.05||Granted|
|6 September 2000||Mikael Per Olsson||0.8||Leasehold interest|
|12 January 2001||Christopher Armstrong||0.0374||Granted|
|11 January 2001||Michel Dancoisne Martineau||4.88|
|1 March 2001||John Michael Styles and Lynnette Mary Bloomfield||3.5||Granted|
|9 May 2001||Robin Anthony Fryatt (joint ownership with partner who is an islander)||0.45|
|12 May 2001||Janet Lesley Barlow||0.247||Withdrawn|
|24 July 2001||Richard David Harris||0.36||Withdrawn|
|1 September 2002||Jean Florence Albert||6.8||Granted|
|12 October 2003||Mark Loft (joint ownership with wife who is an islander)||0.19||Granted|
|9 November 2003||John Reid (joint ownership with wife who is an islander)||0.78||Granted|
|1 January 2004||Stephen Terry and Maureen Terry||0.32||Granted|
|16 March 2004||Yvonne Helen Clingham||0.60||Granted|
|21 May 2004||Nicholas Backhouse (husband of the late Cheryl Backhouse)||0.47||Pending|
|5 July 2004||John Lawrence Terry and Maria Diosa Terry||0.63, 1.14||Granted|
|5 September 2005||Jurgen Wolf and Johanna Wolf||0.32||Leasehold interest granted|
|12 April 2005||John Turner and Catherine Jane turner||2.0||Granted|
|1 July 2005||Frederick George||0.11||Granted|
|19 September 2005||Ronald Scanes and Fe valiene Scanes||1.14||Pending|
|26 April 2005||Shelco Investments||309.00|
|26 April 2005||Shelco Investments||0.052||Pending|
As part of the St. Helena Access project, DFID is supporting the St. Helena Government to develop appropriate investment and tourism policies aimed at both encouraging economic development and protecting the island's interests.
Mr. Thomas: The standard work on the natural history of St. Helena and Ascension Island, jointly authored by Philip and Myrtle Ashmole and published in 2000, lists, as currently known to be endemic to St.Helena, approximately 385 species of invertebrates (of which approximately 285 are insects) and 50 species of plants (of which 37 are flowering plants and 13 are ferns).
The protection of St. Helena's unique biodiversity currently benefits from a programme funded under the joint DFID/FCO Overseas Territories Environment Programme which seeks to implement a protected area plan for the Central Peaks including the control of invasive species and the restoration of endemic plants. St. Helena continues to have access to the project for the protection and enhancement of its biodiversity. Work to mitigate the effects on and to further protect the island's biodiversity is also a key component of the project to introduce air access to St. Helena.
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