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Non-Governmental Organisations: Finance

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department provided to each non-governmental organisation (NGO) in each of the last 10 years; and what proportion that funding represented of each NGO's budget in each of those years. [170682]

Mr. Malik: Tables showing the Department for International Development's expenditure to UK civil society organisations for the last 10 years have been placed in the Library of the House. Central systems are currently only able to extract information on support provided to UK civil society organisations. Since we do not hold information on the budgets of these organisations, we cannot provide detailed information on DFID funding as a proportion of each NGO's budget.

Overseas Aid

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that aid supplied in kind by the UK is branded as British. [170683]

Mr. Malik: Procedures for branding UK emergency humanitarian aid were put in place earlier this year. These have been deployed for the first time as part of the current operation in respect of Cyclone Sidr, though the first tranche of UK aid provided to Bangladesh was channelled through the United Nations Development Programme to local non-governmental organisations and so was not subject to the new branding.

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The branding of non-emergency aid in kind is subject to local flexibility to allow for the management of security risk or other operational factors. We do plan to review our approach to branding of overseas development assistance.

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has provided in aid to each recipient country in each of the last 10 years, expressed in 2007 prices. [170685]

Mr. Malik: I have placed a table in the Library showing DFID's total bilateral expenditure, in constant 2006-07 prices, by recipient country, in each year since 1997-98.

Palestine: EU Aid

Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 12 June 2007, Official Report, column 1017W, on Palestine: EC aid, what the main conclusions of the European Commission and World Bank report into the effectiveness of the temporary international mechanism were; what changes have been made to the mechanism or its administration in light of the report; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the report. [168388]

Mr. Malik: The European Commission (EC) released the interim evaluation of the temporary international mechanism (TIM) in October. This concluded that the TIM had successfully maintained basic services; acted rapidly and efficiently and addressed the most urgent priorities.

It concluded that no changes were needed to improve its efficiency or effectiveness, but that future support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) should build the capacity of institutions, through greater integration with PA systems. We are working with the EC to ensure that future funding incorporates the lessons from the TIM Review.

A copy of the report will be placed in the Library.

Somalia: Overseas Aid

Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his assessment is of the security of humanitarian assistance to Somalia by the World Food Programme with reference to the increase of piracy incidents in the area. [165990]

Mr. Thomas: Security is one of the major challenges in delivering humanitarian assistance to Somalia. Relief agencies are unable to work effectively to assist the most needy people, especially in Mogadishu and the surrounding area, and the threat of piracy makes the delivery of humanitarian assistance more difficult. Transporters demand higher rates because of the risks, and delays are caused when willing transporters cannot be found or cargoes are seized. Three ships have been attacked in 2007. All were returning empty from Somalia to Kenya, and so there was no loss of humanitarian cargo.

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The overland route via Kenya does not, however, provide a suitable alternative since it is less efficient and more expensive, with the exception of a few delivery locations adjacent to the Kenya border. There are many incidents of militia groups setting up checkpoints along roads inside Somalia and demanding payments for passage. This happens to such an extent that the World Food Programme (WFP) still prefers to send the bulk of its humanitarian cargo by ship. At present, approximately 80 per cent. of deliveries of WFP food aid to Somalia are by sea.

Zimbabwe: Human Rights

Mr. MacDougall: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe. [168544]

Mr. Thomas: The humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe continues to deteriorate as a result of economic mismanagement made worse by the effects of a severe drought during the last growing season. An estimated 4.1 million people will need international food aid by the end of the year. Malnutrition has reached concerning levels in a number of districts. The collapse of urban water and sanitation systems in Zimbabwe's main cities has increased numbers of life-threatening diarrhoea outbreaks. HIV/AIDS remains a major problem with 1.8 million affected.

DFID's aid programme is providing substantial direct assistance to protect the livelihoods of more than 1.5 million poor people in Zimbabwe, tackle HIV/AIDS and help meet humanitarian needs. This year we have made an additional contribution of £8 million to the World Food Programme to ensure that food aid reaches those who need it most and £1 million to UNICEF to prepare for and respond to emergency disease outbreaks.

Children, Schools and Families

Academies: Manchester

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families who will appoint the board of governors of each of the seven new academies to be established in Manchester; who will (a) appoint the head teacher and (b) set the schools' goals in each case; what the role of the local authority will be in each case; and if he will make a statement. [168192]

Jim Knight: The individual academy trusts will be responsible for appointing the governing bodies of the academies. We have yet to receive detailed governance proposals for all seven academies. However, we anticipate that the lead sponsors will appoint the majority of governors in each case, and that Manchester city council, as one of the co-sponsors, will appoint two governors. Initially, the academy trusts will be responsible for setting the academy goals and appointing the principal, with the governing bodies assuming these responsibilities once they are in place.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families who the co-sponsors are of the seven academy projects planned for Manchester; and if he will make a statement. [168193]

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Jim Knight: The lead and co-sponsors of the Manchester academies programme are as follows:

Provisional name Lead sponsor(s) Co-sponsor(s) Specialism

Business and Enterprise Academy

Manchester Airport

Willow Park Housing Trust,

Business and Enterprise

Manchester College of Arts and Technology (MANCAT)

Manchester City Council (MCC)

Health Academy

Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospital NHS Trust

City College Manchester (CCM)



Creative and Media Academy (Boys)



Creative and Media

ITV Granada




Creative and Media Academy (Girls)



Creative and Media

ITV Granada




Finance and Business Academy

The Co-operative Group


Finance and Professional Services

Built Environment Academy

Bovis Lend Lease


Construction and the Built Environment

Laing O'Rourke


Communications Academy



Digital Communications



Building Schools for the Future Programme

Mr. Purchase: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities included in the Building Schools for the Future programme have made submissions which have not included a proposal to open an academy. [168290]

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Jim Knight: The following list shows the local authorities in waves 1 to 4 of Building Schools for the Future, of which six do not have an open Academy, or one in the pipeline. These are Gateshead, Knowsley, South Tyneside, Tower Hamlets, Cambridgeshire and Somerset. The BSF submissions made by the other authorities may not have included proposals to open an academy, because either they already had an academy open or in the pipeline, or because open or planned academies are outside of the geographical area covered by their BSF projects.

Wave 1

Wave 2

Wave 3

Wave 4

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