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Hilary Benn: There is considerable suffering in Tanzania owing to the present food insecurity. The Government of Tanzania has made effective use of its Strategic Grain Reserve to deliver grain to vulnerable households, although the continuing drought means this is now under pressure. A Rapid Vulnerability Assessment (RVA), conducted by the Government in response to the food and water situation was circulated on 13 February. The RVA found that 3.8 million Tanzanians need food assistance to the tune of 100,000 metric tonnes up to the next expected harvest in May. Of those, around 565,000 are considered destitute and need immediate food aid. DFID stands ready to help the Government respond to this situation. We are consulting with other agencies, notably the World Food Programme, to determine the robustness of the RVA and inform decisions on assistance. DFID's response will be based on a proposal received from the Government of Tanzania, outlining what additional resources it needs from donors, and how it would like them delivered. Other donors are also likely to respond to the Government's proposal.
In the longer term, we will be seeking solutions to help reduce vulnerability, through a mix of social protection, such as cash transfer schemes or food for work, and economic opportunities for poorer households to withstand shocks.
Power generation in Tanzania is likely to be based on hydro and thermal sources, both of which are subject to external influences. DFID provides technical support to a Government power sector reform programme through our support to the Parastatal Sector Reform Commission. DFID also funds technical assistance to the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority to encourage private sector investment in power generation and distribution. In the interim, our support to the Government's budget indirectly supports the national electricity utility TANESCO.
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The Solicitor-General: Since 1999, the CPS has been undertaking a significant reform programme, in order to create a world-class prosecuting service that meets the needs of the public and the needs of victims and communities. The reform programme is strengthening the role of the prosecutor and putting victims and witnesses at the heart of the criminal justice process and involves the charging initiative, the prosecutors pledge, changes in work practices and the development of higher advocates.
The CPS is working with the police and courts, the Office of Criminal Justice Reform, the Home Office and the Department for Constitutional Affairs to reform the criminal justice system, whilst maintaining that independence of decision-making that is the hallmark of British prosecutors. As part of this co-operative approach, the CPS is working with Home Office and other criminal justice agencies colleagues to identify the implications of police restructuring on the CPS and the criminal justice system.
2 CPS will also have paid for some gas and electricity costs by way of service charges to landlords, but these figures are not separately available.
|Crown Prosecution Service(14)||206,643||1,117,059|
|Serious Fraud Office||16,500||83,649|
|Treasury Solicitor's Department||39,822||57,841|
|HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate|
|Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers||4,979||11,040|
The Solicitor-General: The Crown Prosecution Service does not hold details centrally of how much it spends on refreshments and would incur disproportionate cost to obtain the information. The Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office was not in being in 200405 being set up on 18 April 2005.
The Serious Fraud Office, Treasury Solicitor's Department (including the Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers) and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate incurred the expenditure on refreshments in the following table.
|Financial year||Serious Fraud Office||Treasury Solicitor's Department(13)||HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate|
The figures cover working breakfasts and lunches and refreshments at meetings in addition to official entertainment. All expenditure on official entertainment is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on principles set out in Government Accounting".
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) laptops and (b) mobile phones the Law Officers' Department bought in each year since 1997; and what the cost of each category of equipment was in each year. 
The Solicitor-General: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and HMCPS Inspectorate do not purchase laptops or mobile phones. These are rented respectively from LogicaCMG and Damovo under Public Finance Initiative contracts. CPS entered into the LogicaCMG contract at the end of 2001, which by the end of each financial year in question provided the laptops shown in the following table:
|Financial year||Standard laptop||Lightweight laptop|
|Monthly service charge|
per laptop (£)
CPS does not hold information on mobile phones prior to 199899 but the number of phones in circulation during a financial year is given in the following table. The mobile phone contract does not identify cost of phones but covers both rental and call charges.
|Number of phones in circulation throughout the year|
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has purchased the laptops and mobile phones shown in the following table. SFO does not hold records of purchases in individual years prior to 19992000; nor of the cost of the separate purchase of laptops or mobile phones and to extract this information would incur disproportionate cost.
|Number of laptop additions(17)||Number of mobile phone additions|
The Treasury Solicitor's Department has purchased new each year the laptops and mobile phones shown in the following table. Costs are provided for new laptops since 199899. Information on the costs of new mobile phones each year and laptops before 199899 is not available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
|Financial year||Number of|
|Cost (£)||Number of|
|Financial year||Number of laptops||Cost (£)|
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Solicitor-General how much his Department has spent on IT systems in each year since 1997; what the purpose of each system is; what the outturn against planned expenditure of each system was; and what the outturn time for implementation against planned time was. 
|Crown Prosecution Service and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate||Serious Fraud Office||Treasury Solicitor's Office||Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers|
The IT systems on which the above expenditure was incurred, their respective share of costs in the years in question and purpose are shown in the following tables and notes. It has not been possible to identify out-turn against planned expenditure nor the outturn time for implementation against planned time for each system without incurring disproportionate cost.
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|COMPASS Programme (PFI with LogicaCMG)||||||||13,528||25,827||38,516|
|Payroll and HR system(19)||519||875||569||||||1,308|
|Counsel Fee Data Processing(19)||126||118||104|||||||
There has been expenditure on IT set up costs to enable the Glidewell recommendations and Charging Programme (including CPS Direct) to be implemented and allow Crown Prosecution Service personnel access to systems in remote sites such as police premises, courts and prosecutors' homes in order to provide an out of hours service.
Payroll and Human Resources Systems: to record changes and pay all CPS staff. The Human Resources database is used to record the numbers and locations of all staff and provides career history details for each member of staff.
Counsel fee data processing: in October 2001 the CPS introduced a new fee scheme and started to capture data in-house using an application called 'Parity'. Parity is now managed under the contract with LogicaCMG.
Corporate Information System (CIS): one of the Service's strategic information systems, containing management information on performance indicators, finance, manpower/court sessions, payroll, higher court advocate usage and activity based costs.
FARMS: stands for the Finance and Accounting Record Management System. It updated the older Ross system (described as follows) and allows for the recording of all resource accounting transactions for the CPS throughout England and Wales (over 300 users) in accordance with HM Treasury requirements to produce accrual based accounts.
The costs shown for the Serious Fraud Office in table 1 all relate to a central IT system that supports the organisation and underpins the delivery of departmental business. Within the overall system there are sub- systems for financial and document management and DOCMAN is an evidence management system that directly supports casework.
|On Line Desktop Intranet System Implementation||(20)14,180||(21)1,175||854,231|
|EDRJVIElectronic, Document and Records Management System Implementation||180,478||159,310|||
|Network Expansion/Installation to building||617|||||
|Groupwise UpgradeEmail System Upgrade||14,615|||||
|CFACSFinancial System Implementation||17,043|||||
|Personnel System Implementation||45,276|||||
|SecurityIT Security (BS7799) Implementation||7,181||23,378||52,499|
|Internet Systems Implementation||31,448|||||
|Remote AccessSystem Implementation||77,309|||||
|Windows 2000IT Platform Upgrade from windows 95||35,741|||||
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