Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of the schools in Afghanistan that were re-opened following the deployment of UK armed forces in the country have since been temporarily or permanently closed. 
Hilary Benn: Since UK forces deployed to Afghanistan as part of the NATO led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), school attendance in Afghanistan (including for girls) has risen significantly. According to UNICEF, the number of children in school increased from 1.2 million in March 2002, to 5.1 million in December 2005.
between April to July 2006 a total of 208 schools in Zabul, Helmand, Kandahar, Ghazni, Khost and Paktika provinces had to close due to direct threats to the safety of children, teachers and school property, denying access to education for nearly 125,000 children;
a total of 144 schools have been destroyed in arson attacks between July 2005 and July 2006 disrupting the education of nearly 100,000 children.
Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many refugee camps there are in Helmand Province; how many people are in each; and how long each camp has existed. 
Hilary Benn: In Helmand there are reported to be two refugee camps near Lashkar Gah. The exact population of these is currently not known, but UN estimates suggest that about 2,800 families in Helmand have been displaced. The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) community is thought to comprise of: semi nomads (Kuchis); those displaced by drought; and those displaced as a result of violence. A number of the IDPs are not living in camps but with host families; and families from rural areas are moving to the main town of Lashkar Gar to buy supplies and sell crops as they would any year. This confuses the picture.
UK officials have been monitoring the IDP situation in Helmand. In August the Governor asked the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) to assist in the provision of food and non-food items to 3,000 IDP
families. The PRT provided $60,000 to help with this. The assistance was distributed by the Government and we have had no request for further assistance. The UN has reassured us that in Helmand the basic needs of the 2,800 families are being met. Assistance from the World Food Programme, United Nations High Commission of Refugees and the Afghan Red Crescent has been made available to Helmand.
Hilary Benn: Over the last five years DFID has spent over £390 million on reconstruction and development in Afghanistan. At the London Conference in January 2006, the UK signed a 10-year development partnership agreement with the Government of Afghanistan. This agreement commits DFID to provide £330 million for reconstruction and development over the subsequent three years. This forms part of the UKs overall pledge at the London Conference of £500 million over three years. DFIDs budget for Afghanistan is £102 million in 2006-07. This will rise to £113 million in 2007-08, and £115 million in 2008-09.
In addition, DFID contributes 18 per cent. of the European Commissions pledge of €1 billion over 2002-07. And over 10 per cent. of the World Banks spending in Afghanistan of $250-300 million a year. We also contribute financially to UN programmes and to the Asian Development Bank.
Mr. Thomas: DFID does not have a direct development programme in Cuba, so no specific assessment of sustainable development policies there has been made. DFIDs Caribbean office focuses on the English-speaking Caribbean, and therefore only maintains a watching brief on developments in Cuba. We are of course generally concerned about the welfare of the Cuban people and about how Cuba affects the wider Caribbean through its relationship with its neighbours.
DFID does provide support to NGOs working in Cuba through our central funding. Currently, through our Partnership Programme Agreements, DFID provides funding of two NGOs working in CubaSave the Children and the Ethical Trading Initiative.
As part of the European Union, we are committed to the policy of constructive engagement with Cuba. In the period 2000-05, the European Commissions support to Cuba has included humanitarian aid and disaster prevention; food security; NGO co-financing in various sectorsincluding agriculture, health and education; economic cooperation; financial and
technical cooperation; and support to the promotion of democracy and human rights. Since August 2003, the ECs support to Cuba has been constrained by Cubas refusal to accept EC bilateral aid cooperation. Since then EC support has been provided only through non-governmental entities. For example, in 2005, the EC committed approximately €300,000 to Cuba, all of which was for NGO co-financing.
Hilary Benn: The aim of all DFID's work is to eliminate the poverty and social injustice that make people vulnerable to trafficking. The main channel for funding projects which specifically combat human trafficking is the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Since 1999, DFID has committed almost £9 million to support their programme in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region. A further £3 million has been allocated to their programme in China. DFID provides core funding to ILO's Special Action Programme to combat forced labour (including trafficking); £1.9 million is allocated for 2006-09.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was paid in bonuses to civil servants in her Department each year since 2001-02; and how many civil servants received bonuses in each year. 
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people (a) were made redundant and (b) retired in each of the last five years at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh; and what the cost of redundancy was in each year. 
Angela E. Smith: The information requested on the number of redundancies and retirements is given in the table. It is not our policy to release information of a personal nature that could be used to identify individuals.
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Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the turnover was of foreign business for the last five years at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh; and what the projection is for the 2007-08 financial year. 
Angela E. Smith: The volume of work undertaken by the College for overseas customers for the last five years and forecast for the current year, expressed in terms of income earned is given in the following table. Business planning for the next financial year is currently under way and projections of income from overseas customers have not yet been made.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many firefighters have been trained at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh in each of the last five years, broken down by rank; and what the predicted figures are for the 2007-08 financial year. 
Angela E. Smith: The numbers of firefightersboth UK Fire and Rescue Service and otherstrained at the Fire Service College in each of the last five years are in the table. The breakdown by rank is unavailable because records are not kept in that form. Business planning for 2007-08 is currently under way so student numbers cannot yet be forecast.
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Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what options have been investigated for use of land at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh; and which government organisations and private companies have been consulted. 
Angela E. Smith: Proposals that an area of the Fire Service College (FSC) site be allocated for residential development was included in Cotswold district council's (CDC) First Deposit Local Plan Review 2001-11 but subsequently withdrawn in the Revised Deposit Plan. An appeal was rejected by the Inspector following a public inquiry and no planning allocation for residential development exists. The FSC submitted representations in respect of the Proposed Further Modifications to the Revised Deposit (2001-11) Local Plan in respect of Housing Numbers, but this was rejected by CDC. General consultation on college ideas for development of the site (including options for land disposals) have been held with both CDC Planning Department and the Government office for the south-west (GOSW). No formal planning applications have been submitted.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Government's policy is on (a) regional fire centre training and (b) central training at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh; and what assessment she has made of future trends in this field of training. 
Angela E. Smith: The Government's aim for Fire and Rescue Service training is to ensure that best use is made of resources at the appropriate level. The Fire and Rescue Service National Framework 2006-08 states that regional management boards should draw up a regional HR strategy which encompasses training and development and identifying and implementing the most efficient and effective means for delivering this. The preparation and updating of these regional HR strategies will provide information on current and future training needs.
That training at national, regional and local level should be complementary is based on the principles set out in the National Fire and Rescue Service Learning and Development Strategy for England (LDS), published in November 2005. There are a number of examples where Fire and Rescue Services work in partnership to provide training and there may be further scope for some facilities to be shared on a regional or sub-regional basis.
The Fire Service College continues to provide a national and international facility for operational incident management training, centred on its unique facilities and recognises the need for learning and development to be delivered more flexibly to meet the changing needs of the Fire and Rescue Service. It is reviewing its programme of training courses and products to meet the changing needs of the Fire and Rescue Service.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to ensure that the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh trades profitably in the 2007-08 financial year. 
Angela E. Smith: As a trading fund the Fire Service College's financial target is to manage its funded operations so that the revenue of the fund consists principally of receipts in respect of goods and services provided in the course of funded operations; is not less than sufficient, taking one year with another, to meet outgoings which are properly chargeable to revenue account; and to achieve a return, averaged over the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2009, of a minimum of 4 per cent. as a percentage of average capital employed.
The college continues to work towards an operational and financial model which will enable it to meet this target on a sustained basis. On-going investment in the marketing and relationship management teams is expected to yield significant growth in the colleges trading income for 2007-08. At the same time, the college continues to operate and improve cost controls, with targeted expenditure reductions in terms of both staff and non-staff expenditure through 2006-07 and 2007-08.
In 2004-05, 633 incidents were reported;
In 2005-06, 1,528 incidents were reported;
In 2006-07, 420 incidents were reported.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what reasons underlay her decision not to proceed with the Fire Brigades Union proposals for resilience controls utilising the existing control structure for the Fire and Rescue Service. 
Angela E. Smith: A full analysis of the Fire Brigades Union proposals for resilience controls was undertaken. It concluded that the FBU proposals would not meet the required level of resilience; could potentially add confusion and delay in having more than one control dealing with large incidents; would be at least as expensive to implement as FiReControl; and would increase long term running costs.
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