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Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much additional rental income will arise from rent restructuring if continued in each year to 2011. 
Mr. Iain Wright:
The forecast of additional rental income arising from rent restructuring continuing in each year to 2011-12 would require the projection of dwelling stock totals to that date, which the Department does not have. Even with these data local authorities are free to set their own rents and so, although they will be
mindful of the guideline rent in the Housing Revenue Account subsidy system, we would be unable to forecast what rent levels might be.
For housing associations, the Housing Corporation does have stock projections extending to 2012, but not in a format that would allow the calculation of additional rental income as asked. To answer the question would require a detailed breakdown of stock and the rental income associated with that stock.
Section 51(1)(b) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 requires waste disposal authorities to provide places where residents can deposit their household waste free of charge. Section 51(2) specifies that these sites shall be reasonably accessible to residents, open at all reasonable times including a period on Saturdays and free of charge.
As a general rule, the Government believe local authorities are best placed to make decisions on the waste management strategy for their communities and therefore DEFRA does not intervene in these matters.
6. Christine Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to assist the worlds poorest countries address the adverse impacts of climate change. 
contributing to UN funds for developing adaptation strategies;
carrying out climate risk assessment of our own programmes in a number of countries and funding further climate adaptation research.
9. Dr. Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to help the worlds poorest countries address the effects of climate change. 
Mr. Thomas: The UK HIV/AIDS strategy Taking Action commits the UK to spending £1.5 billion on HIV/AIDS between 2005 and 2008. Of this, at least £150 million will be spent on orphans and vulnerable children, most of which will go to sub-Saharan Africa.
8. Alun Michael: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is providing for the development of democratic processes in the Republic of Somaliland. 
develop its capacity;
produce a credible voter registration system and
deliver free and fair elections.
Mr. Thomas: DFID Ministers over the last few months have had discussions with a wide range of international counterparts including the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Ministers of Health signed up to the International Health Partnership, the International Aids Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), the Clinton Foundation, the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria, UNAIDS, UNFPA, WHO and others.
11. Mr. Scott: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to support free and fair elections in developing countries over the last 12 months. 
Mr. Malik: DFID provided over £8 million to support the elections in Sierra Leone that were widely perceived as free and fair and resulted in a peaceful transition of power to the opposition. The Department also provided £6 million to support the last election in Nigeria. We are already providing support for forthcoming elections in Kenya, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sudan and Malawi. In a process ending in early 2007, we provided £25 million to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) electionour largest contribution to date to a national election.
Mr. Thomas: The majority of DFIDs bilaterial aid to education in Africa is provided through sector and budget support. Decisions on investment priorities are made locally by the recipient Government. DFID funds are used to support IT in schools through teaching training; through our multilateral funding of organisations like the Commonwealth of Learning, who provide expertise on both software and hardware; and through our policy dialogue with Governments and the new partnership for Africas development (NEPAD) on the role of IT in schools
14. Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken to provide aid and assistance to Bangladesh to deal with the damage caused by cyclone Sidr. 
The UK Government has provided £7 million for cyclone Sidr relief in Bangladesh. The first
tranche of £2.5 million went through the Bangladesh United Nations development programme (UNDP).
Mr. Malik: We have no plans to offer bilateral assistance for the forthcoming elections in Djibouti. The United Kingdom does not have a bilateral aid programme in Djibouti. Any UK support would be channelled through our core contributions to multilateral agencies such as the World Bank, United Nations and European Commission.
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department allocated to support work with refugees from (a) Iraq, (b) Afghanistan, (c) Sudan and (d) Somalia in each of the last 10 years. 
The following table shows DFID bilateral humanitarian assistance in total and in each country over the last ten years. This assistance supports a range of activities including work supporting refugees and internally displaced people.
|DFID bilateral humanitarian assistance, 1997-98 to 2006-07|
|DFID bilateral humanitarian assistance, of which:||Iraq||Afghanistan||Sudan||Somalia|
Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much British companies have invested in Burma in each of the last five years; and which companies have made such investments. 
I have been asked to reply. The UK Government discourage trade and investment with Burma. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures for the UKs foreign direct investment in Burma for the period
2001-04 are protected by commercial confidentiality. The ONS recorded a nil investment return in 2005. Data for 2006 will be published in February 2008.
Mr. Malik: DFID is party to a Government contract in respect of an overnight internal mail service between our two UK offices. This contract is currently let to TNT Express (UK) Ltd. No other private companies are contracted to provide mail services.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidelines issued to staff maintaining his Department's corporate identity; and what the estimated annual cost is of (a) producing and (b) complying with such guidelines. 
The booklet was a refinement of existing guidance into one easy-to-use package for staff to refer to, so there were no initial compliance costs. This has led to substantial time savings for staff in having consistent, easily accessible guidance across all applications. The only ongoing compliance cost is a small amount of Communications Division staff time for guidance and monitoring compliance. This is a routine function of the Communications Division and it is not possible to disaggregate the precise time or cost involved.
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