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Edward Miliband: The independent charity v has made good progress since it was created in May 2006. So far, it has created over 110,000 volunteering opportunities for young people through projects in partnerships with the third, public and private sectors.
The Government assess the effectiveness of the funding provided to v against the recommendations of the Russell Commission report and through regular meetings between v and the Office of the Third Sector which monitor the progress of the charity's work.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the outside (a) agencies and (b) consultancies which are undertaking work commissioned by his Department; and what the (i) purpose and (ii) cost is of each commission. 
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many times his Department was found to have been in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's total direct expenditure in (a) China, (b) Vietnam and (c) Burma was in each of the last five years; and what it is projected to be in each of the next three years. 
The total DFID direct bilateral expenditure in each of the last five financial years is set
out in Table 1 as follows, alongside projections for 2007-08. Projections beyond 2007-08 will not be available until the Comprehensive Spending Review is concluded later this year.
|Table 1: DFID direct bilateral expenditure|
Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Government of Burundi on the reintroduction of confessional schools in Burundi. 
Hilary Benn: We recognise the important work done by faith-based organisations all over the world in delivering aid and development. Many play a strong part in education, through partnerships with national governments. In Burundi, we are working together with other donors to develop and support the Government of Burundi's national education sector strategy. Faith-based schools are included in the strategy, which will support all children to access quality primary education. Individual faith-based organisations have been involved in its design. We are working with our partners to encourage them to join together in a formal coordination body to strengthen their contribution.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) which (a) advertising agencies and (b) other organisations supplied consultancy services for advertising campaigns for (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in each of the last five years; and what the cost of these services was; 
Spend on promotional campaigns since January 2002 is listed as follows. In all cases this includes design and production of materials, and other promotional services. To disaggregate advertising direct spend would incur disproportionate cost.
To promote Developments Magazine and the Rough Guide to a Better World
To raise awareness of the role of trade in fighting world poverty and promote availability of a new free publicationTrade Matters.
To increase the number of subscribers to the Departments free magazineDevelopments.
To raise awareness of the UK Governments action plan for working with overseas and international partners to reduce world poverty over the next five years.
To report progress on delivering the commitments proposed at the G8 summit. Newspaper supplement in The Observer, adverts for the supplement in The Guardian, and content of the supplement placed on a Guardian Unlimited microsite.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many times his Department was found to have been in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Thomas: The definition of found to have been in breach can be broad. Depending on their nature, breaches by Government Departments of the Data Protection Act 1998 can be dealt with by the Information Commissioner, by the courts or by Departments at an informal local level. The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Thomas: Figures for the number of staff with epilepsy employed by DFID are not available, as we do not collect detailed information on the nature of disabilities declared by staff. DFID currently has 57 UK-based staff who have declared disabilities. DFID actively encourages staff to declare any disability in line with Cabinet Office guidelines and categories.
Mr. Thomas: DFID obtains its legal advice from three main sourcesthe Treasury Solicitor's Department, FCO Legal Advisers and Crown Agents Legal Advisers, which we and the Cabinet Office regard as in-house legal advisersand very rarely uses external legal advisers in the UK. The costs set out in the table relate to legal advice provided on a UK property issue and represent our best data without incurring disproportionate cost.
|Cost of legal advice (£)|
Our overseas offices may obtain advice from local legal advisers on a range of foreign domestic issues, from foreign accommodation leases to local employment law. Information on these costs could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Thomas: The Department for International Development (DFID) has only issued one public relations contract in the last five years. This covered the period of November 2005 to March 2006, and was with Weber Shandwick to support the Asia 2015 conference and associated media relations in the UK and Asia, specifically India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. The total cost including VAT was £203,918.
Our job advertisements are placed in the national press or specialised magazines in addition to appearing on DFIDs own website. Since 2003 all of our vacancies have also been placed on the civil service recruitment Gateway website.
DFIDs poverty reduction mandate means its primary environmental aim is to support sustainable use of natural resources, and equitable access to environmental assets for poverty reduction.
DFID's policy paper on the environment describes our approach, and can be found at
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