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Mark Simmonds: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding has been provided by his Department to each Latin American country in each of the last three financial years; and what funding is planned in each of the next three financial years. 
This information, as well as details of aid from other UK official sources, is available in Table 12.2 of the Statistics for International Development (SID) report which SID can be accessed under the publications section of the DFID website.
In addition to bilateral aid, the UK makes contributions to the EC, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. Multilateral shares are reported by calendar year, and the latest information available is for 2004.
Since April 2006, DFIDs only bilateral programme in Latin America is to Nicaraguathe only low-income country on the continent. The programme budget for Nicaragua is £4 million in each of 2006-07 and 2007-08. In addition, DFID currently has plans to allocate £8 million in 2006-07 and 2007-08 to the Latin America regional programme. Decisions about funding allocations to Latin America countries from 2008-09 will be taken in the context of the comprehensive spending review.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps during the Liberia donor conference in February (a) to help Liberia maintain its provision of free health care and (b) to support the strengthening of health systems in that country. 
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he plans to take during the donor conference for Liberia in February to (a) help Liberia maintain its provision of free healthcare and (b) support the strengthening of health systems in Liberia. 
DFID strongly supports the provision of free basic health care in Liberia. In this critical period, as Liberia begins the transition from humanitarian relief to post conflict reconstruction and development, it is essential that free health care is provided within the context of wider Government-led health sector reform, clear national priorities and strengthening of national health services. This includes sustainable and predictable financing, building human resources for health, sound procurement and supply chains, and institutional reform. DFID has been supporting the development of a National Health Policy and National Health Plan.
DFID is planning support of £3-4 million per annum to the health sector in Liberia. We will continue to support humanitarian NGOs working in direct health service delivery until December 2008, ensuring that urgent gaps are filled, with additional emphasis on local level capacity building. DFID is also supporting the Ministry of Health (MoH) with the establishment of appropriate financial and human resource management procedures covering fiscal policy, systems, activities, staffing and equipment. DFID will also provide support for the transitional implementation plan, which will help the MoH to resume some health care responsibilities including secondary health care in Monrovia, payroll, drug supply and incentives for health workers. DFID is planning assistance with the design of a multi-donor pooled fund to help support the MoH budget for this work.
Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding was provided from the public purse to (a) the Trades Union Congress and (b) individual unions for overseas development work in each of the last five years. 
In the individual trade union figures, we have included grants given through the Civil Society Challenge Fund, Development Awareness Fund (raising awareness in the UK), and DFID support to Iraqi TUs (through British Council).
We have broadened this out to include other trade union bodies (other than TUC) as some CSCF and DAF grants go to organisations such as the General Federation of Trade Unions and the Commonwealth Trade Union Council.
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named
day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specified date. 
Mr. Thomas: A total of 1,935 parliamentary questions were tabled to DFID in 2006, of which 1,758 were ordinary written and 177 named day. DFIDs own records do not contain a breakdown of whether they were answered within 10 working days. However, it is obtainable from the Official Report.
Mr. Thomas: In late 2006, DFID commissioned an independent evaluation of the Regional Assistance Plan for Latin America. This involved a visit to Bolivia and Peru, and consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, including civil society, World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank colleagues. The evaluation concluded that to date, the DFID Andes office has had significant impact in strengthening the poverty focus of the international financial institutions, and in disseminating innovative approaches to development in the Andes region and beyond.
Mr. Thomas: At present, planning is under way for the successor to the current Regional Assistance Plan in Latin America. A range of options are being considered, including how the Department will engage in the Andean region. Officials have had lengthy discussions on future plans with colleagues in the international financial institutions (World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank) as well as UK NGOs working in the region. A recently-commissioned independent evaluation of DFIDs work in the Andes found the office to have had significant impact in improving the poverty focus of the international financial institutions.
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