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Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on (a) (i) direct budgetary support, (ii) humanitarian assistance, (iii) technical assistance and (iv) grants in kind, broken down by recipient country and (b) multilateral projects, broken down by multilateral agency, in (A) 2003-04, (B) 2004-05 and (C) 2005-06. [101161]

Hilary Benn: This information is published in Table 12 and Table 16 of “Statistics on International Development 2001/02-2005/06”, a copy of which is available in the Library.

Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which projects with a value of (a) between £100,000 and £1,000,000 and (b) over £1,000,000 were funded by his Department in (i) India, (ii) Bangladesh, (iii) Sudan, (iv) Tanzania, (v) Afghanistan, (vi) Pakistan, (vii) Ghana, (viii) Nigeria, (ix) Uganda, (x) China, (xi) Indonesia, (xii) Kenya, (xiii) Ethiopia and (xiv) Democratic Republic of the Congo in each of the last three years. [101169]

Hilary Benn: The required information is contained in Table PQ101169 (a): Projects funded by DFID, between 2003-04 and 2005-06 with a value of between £100,000 and £1,000,000 and Table PQ101169 (b): Projects funded by DFID, between 2003-04 and 2005-06 with a value of over £1,000,000, copies of which have been placed in the Library. The funding information relates to the total commitment value of the project in the year that the project was approved. The final expenditure on each project may be spread over several years and may be different from the original commitment value.

Bonus Payments

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department each year since 2001-02; and how many civil servants received bonuses in each year. [101032]


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Mr. Thomas: The following tables give the number of non-pensionable bonuses awarded to DFID staff in each of the last four years (figures for 2001-02 are not available) together with the total costs in each of those years.

Non-pensionable bonuses awarded to DFID senior civil servants (SCS)
Number of awards Total cost (£)

2002-03

27

85,051

2003-04

57

189,500

2004-05

68

266,750

2005-06

65

377,100


Non-pensionable bonuses awarded to DFID staff below SCS
Number of awards Total cost (£)

2002-03

323

292,528

2003-04

654

285,601

2004-05

508

230,600

2005-06

1,106

515,865


Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what criteria a civil servant in his Department must fulfil (a) to be considered for a bonus on top of their regular salary and (b) to be awarded a bonus. [101033]

Mr. Thomas: Different arrangements apply to the bonus awards paid to senior civil servants (SCS) and those paid to staff in grades below the SCS.

Senior civil servants (SCS)

In addition to base pay increases, SCS are eligible for non-consolidated bonus awards. Bonuses are intended to reward delivery of personal business objectives during the reporting year, or other short-term personal contributions to wider organisational objectives. In considering SCS staff for bonuses, line managers are asked to take into account:

DFID’s SCS Pay Committee considers line managers' recommendations and make their final decision on who should receive a bonus award based on the evidence provided.

Staff below the SCS

DFID operates a Special Achievement Award (SAA) scheme for staff below the SCS. The scheme rewards and recognises staff (both individuals and teams) who make a special contribution in line with DFID values. Awards can be made throughout the year. To be eligible for consideration for an award, individuals or teams need to complete a piece of work or make a sustained effort that makes a special contribution to the work of DFID.

Because of the wide range of work undertaken by DFID, both at home and overseas, we have not defined broad criteria across the organisation as a whole.
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Directors define and publish specific criteria for Special Achievement Awards within their Divisions. This will typically include:

Nominations for SAAs are passed to Directors for consideration and are marked successful or unsuccessful. Directors share their Divisional criteria with fellow Directors for information, with the aim of promoting consistency across DFID.

Climate Change Adaptation Fund

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution the UK has made to the Climate Change Adaptation Fund agreed on 14 November at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change CoP12 Conference in Nairobi. [103043]

Hilary Benn: The Adaptation Fund is not yet operational. The recent 12th Conference of Parties (CoP12) to the Climate Change Convention agreed some elements of operational guidance for the fund. We expect that other key elements of guidance, such as the management agency, will be agreed at CoP13 in 2007, so that the fund can become operational in 2008.

The fund will be financed primarily from a 2 per cent. levy on the value of emission offset projects in developing countries under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol.

The UK Government have committed a total of £20 million to the UN Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and the UN Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) which have been operational since 2004 and 2005 respectively. The UK is the largest donor to the SCCF and the second largest donor to the LDCF.

Darfur

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the likely impact on international aid projects in the region of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force due to enter Darfur; and if he will make a statement. [102314]

Hilary Benn: It is crucial that the arrangements for the AU-UN joint peace keeping force for Darfur are fully agreed by the Government of Sudan. They also need to agree the other elements of the conclusions of the Addis Ababa meeting, including a ceasefire and the resumption of the political process in Darfur.

The planned UN reinforcement of AMIS, of which the hybrid force is the third stage, should provide much needed increased security and protection for millions of civilians. It should also provide the conditions necessary to enable the international humanitarian agencies reach the people who are in desperate need of assistance.


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Departmental Statistics

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which statistics have been put forward by his Department for consideration to become new national statistics in each of the last five years; and how many statistics sets his Department has produced in total in each of the last five years. [101647]

Hilary Benn: The current list of National Statistics produced by DFID can be found on the National Statistics website at:

A list of changes to the scope of National Statistics (additions and withdrawals) in each of the last five years can be found in the relevant National Statistics annual report available on the National Statistics website at:

In addition to National Statistics, DFID publishes a wide range of other numerical information in a variety of forms including other data produced from the management and administration of the department and in research reports. There is no consistent definition of the term “statistics sets” and no centrally held information on the total published in each year on this basis.

EU Association Agreements

Mark Simmonds: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what steps the Government are taking to ensure that the Association Agreements the EU will begin negotiating in January 2007 with Latin American countries are consistent with the UK’s development policy; [101704]

(2) what assessment he has made on the progress of the negotiations on the EU-Latin America Association Agreements; and if he will make a statement; [101705]

(3) what assessment he has made of the impact the Association Agreements which the EU will begin negotiating in January 2007 with Latin American countries will have on efforts to meet the millennium development goals in that region; [101706]

(4) what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with (i) the European Commission and (ii) other EU member states on plans for impact assessments for Latin American countries to be carried out on the EU-Latin America Association Agreements. [101707]

Mr. Thomas: The UK Government continue to closely assess negotiations on the various Association Agreements (AA) proposed between the EU and Latin America (EU-LA). Progress towards an EU-Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and since July, Venezuela) AA has been slower than the UK would have wished, though ultimately the overall substance is significantly more important than the timing. The UK remains committed to an ambitious, balanced and mutually beneficial agreement, and believe it will be important for our strategic partnership with Latin America. Agreements between EU-Andean Community (CAN) and EU-Central America (CA) are in the formative stages of negotiations, having been
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launched earlier in the year. The European Commission is expected to adopt draft negotiating directives on future agreements with CA and CAN early in December. We will have the further opportunity to discuss these shortly thereafter in various EU-LA working groups in Brussels, which we regularly attend.

The Community of Andean Nations (CAN) and the Central America countries (CA) have been deepening their relations with the EU over recent years. At the EU-Latin America Caribbean (LAC) Ministerial Summit, held in Guadalajara in 2004, the EU committed to starting negotiations for Association Agreements with both the Central American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama), and with the Andean Community (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela—Venezuela withdrew from CAN in April 2006, and has since joined Mercosur). These commitments were made with the proviso that the respective Latin American regions first undertake a satisfactory level of regional economic integration, to be evaluated by joint assessment exercises.

Following a positive outcome of the joint assessment exercise on regional economic integration carried out with Central America, the May 2006 Vienna EU-LAC Ministerial Summit agreed to launch negotiations for an Association Agreement between the EU and the Central American countries. The draft negotiating directives for an EU-CA Association Agreement are expected to be ready for discussion at the Commission’s Latin American working group, AMLAT, in December.

DFID has been supporting small enterprises and rural producers in Central America to prepare for their participation in the negotiations. DFID has also been working locally with the European Commission and International Financial Institutions to ensure their support to small enterprises will enable them to participate fully in the trade opportunities the negotiations will present. This will help ensure that the increased trading between the two regions will actively contribute to efforts to meet the millennium development goals in Central America.

In South America, the Government of Chile and the EU will be holding their first meeting with civil society representatives later this month in the framework of the Chile-EU Association Agreement.

The EU-LAC Joint Declaration issued at the Vienna Summit in May this year reiterated the importance placed on:

In regard to the Andean Community, the respective joint assessment concluded that the level of CAN regional economic integration was not sufficient to progress to similar negotiations. It was therefore recommended at the Vienna Summit that the CAN and EU should hold further meetings to reach agreement on clearly defined areas of cooperation. A subsequent High Level Meeting between the Commission and the
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remaining CAN countries in July, concluded that sufficient clarity on areas of cooperation had been reached, and the next step should be for the representatives of CAN and the Commission to initiate internal consultations and undertake the necessary steps allowing for the launch of negotiations for an Association Agreement between the EU and the Andean Community.

Ministerial Travel

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the occasions since he has held his present office when he has used (a) rail services, (b) the London underground, (c) tram or light railway services and (d) buses in connection with his ministerial duties. [101984]

Hilary Benn: This information is not recorded.

Refugees (Africa)

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of refugees crossing into Kenya from Ethiopia and Somalia as a result of recent conflict. [101761]

Hilary Benn: The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) monitors movements of refugees. UNHCR reports that 32,000 Somalis are seeking refuge in Kenya as a result of recent conflict in Somalia, in addition to the existing case load of 160,000.

Electoral Commission Committee

Annual Canvass (Armed Forces)

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission what work the Electoral Commission has carried out during the annual canvass to encourage members of the armed services to register to vote; and what the impact of the work has been. [102471]

Peter Viggers: The Commission informs me that, together with the Ministry of Defence (MOD), it has launched a campaign in support of the annual canvass to encourage service personnel to register. This has involved sending over 250,000 registration leaflets to over 4,000 military units across the globe; appointing Unit Registration Officers who arranged Service Electoral Registration Days within units; placing registration reminder messages on service personnel payslips; and publishing articles in a range of service publications. Electoral Registration Officers have been encouraged to work closely with Unit Registration Officers to maximise registration and to monitor the success of the campaign.

The Commission and the MOD will be conducting a thorough evaluation of the campaign, which will include the MOD repeating the survey it conducted during the 2005 annual canvass to monitor registration levels and awareness among service personnel. The
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results from this will be available in spring 2007. Initial evidence suggests that this year’s campaign has been more successful in encouraging service personnel to register than that in 2005.


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