To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list (a) the websites operated by his Department and (b) the
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reports placed on the internet in March 2006, indicating in each case whether paper copies were also made available. 
R4DResearch for Development portal (www.research4development.info)this portal was launched on 31 March and contains material which was published previously so contents have not been included in the following table.
|Name of report||Paper copy also available|
|Disaster risk reduction policy||Yes|
|Implementation of the Commission for Africa recommendations and G8 Gleneagles' commitments on povertythe UK's contribution||Yes|
|DEEP IMPACT: an investigation of the use of information and communication technologies for teacher education in the global southEducation Paper 58||Yes|
|Partnership Programme AgreementActionAid Global Progress Report 2004(1)||Yes|
|Pakistan Decision ReportPoverty Reduction Budget Support (PRBS)||No|
|Nepal Annual Report 2005||Yes|
|Sending money home: UK to India leaflet||Yes|
|How can microfinance help rebuild livelihoods in Afghanistan?||No|
|Pioneering East African drama reaches 5m||No|
|Bangladeshi communities take ownership of hygiene issues||No|
|Training the trainers||No|
|Q. When is a sardine not a sardine? A. When the European Community says it's not: Peru's use of the Geneva-based Advisory Centre on World Trade Organisation Law to challenge a European Community decision||No|
|Paddle your own canoe: a case study of fishing communities around Lake Chad||No|
|Rebuilding livelihoods and maintaining peace: clay-brick making in Sri Lanka||No|
|How Gambian producers gained better access to markets||No|
|Promoting fairtrade tourism in South Africa||No|
|Supporting greater transparency in Bolivia||No|
|How partnership opens airwaves for Bolivian youth||No|
|Right to Identity: Turning schoolchildren into citizens||No|
|Supporting a safer community in La Paz||No|
|Evaluation of DFID Country Programmes: Country Study Ghana 20002005||Yes|
|Project Completion Reports Synthesis Report 2005: An analysis of projects and programmes in Prism 20002005||Yes|
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to help provide education for disabled children in developing countries; and if he will make a statement. 
Tackling exclusion, including exclusion based on disability within the education system, is part of our work with partner governments. Copies of DFID's policy paper entitled 'Reducing poverty by tackling social exclusion' which sets out our broad based approach to tackling social exclusion across all sectors, have already been deposited in the Libraries of the House. This strategy highlights specific issues of discrimination which explain a large part of the disadvantages faced by children with a disability.
DFID provides its funding for poverty reduction in support of partner governments' own plans for poverty reduction. In fulfilling our financial commitments to partner governments, including the significant commitment announced on 10 April that DFID will spend some £8.5 billion in support of education in developing countries over the next 10 years, the UK Government have taken a significant step forward in improving the opportunity for inclusive education to become a realistic goal for partner governments. We encourage partner governments to ensure that as wide a range as possible of stakeholders participate in the consultations on national poverty reduction strategies, including groups representing disabled people. Issues of social exclusion and targeted interventions for excluded groups will be addressed in the discussions our Country Offices will have with governments on developing 10-year plans for education.
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DFID's social exclusion strategy also emphasises the importance of the role of civil society in tackling all forms of social exclusion and the importance of DFID's partnerships with organisations involved in advocating for the rights of disadvantaged groups.
Mark Simmonds: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which developing countries with oil, gas or mining industries have not signed up to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative; and what steps the Government are taking to encourage them to do so. 
Mr. Thomas: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Guide on Resource Revenue Transparency defines 45 developing countries (and eight developed countries) as rich in hydrocarbons or mineral resources. Of these, 19 countries have committed to implement the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). The Government are presently in discussion with a further ten countries who have not yet begun implementation.
The Government believe that improved transparency over revenue management will bring a number of benefits to any resource rich countryin terms of improved governance, greater economic and political stability and an improved investment climate. The EITI International Advisory Group, which is supported by a Secretariat housed in the Department for International Development, is currently considering other incentives to encourage participation in EITI, and how these might be strengthened.
Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with pharmaceutical companies on the pricing of cancer drugs in the developing world. 
DFID has engaged extensively with the pharmaceutical industry as part of our work to increase access to medicines in developing countries. In January 2005, we published a set of recommendations for the industry, that specifically looked at pricing policies, investment in research and development for diseases affecting developing countries, and ways of working in developing countries. These recommendations built on existing good practice in the industry. Many companies have made significant progress in making their medicines more available and affordable in developing countries.
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To date, our discussions have focused on major communicable diseases such as HIV, malaria and TB, and on neglected tropical diseases, such as sleeping sickness. However, discussions with the industry have also emphasised the degree to which treatments for non-communicable diseases such as cancers really should also be the subject of differential pricing offers given the significant public health needs in developing countries. There are in fact higher rates of cervical cancer deaths in Ghana than in the UK.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on the funding for Shell's proposed Sakhalin II development and the requirements of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development's Environmental policy; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Thomas: The UK Government have been following this project very closely through their role as a shareholder and Board member of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The UK Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) is also considering the request from Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (SEIC) to provide export credit guarantees.
The Government are fully aware of the social, environmental, commercial and energy security issues associated with this project. The EBRD, the ECGD and other members of the lender group are also treating these issues very seriously. The lender group's involvement in this project so far has improved its social and environmental standards.
In December 2005, EBRD Management agreed that all documentation required to commence a public consultation process was fit for purpose". A 120 day public consultation period ended on 28 April. EBRD Management is now considering all written responses received and additional representations from public consultation meetings.
Should EBRD Management recommend to its Board that the project should receive EBRD funding, then at that point the UK Government will decide whether to support an EBRD loan. The Government will also consider all the representations it has received and carefully assess all aspects of the project before reaching a final decision.
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