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Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1353W, on Afghanistan: reconstruction, if he will place in the Library copies of the two studies completed by the Stabilisation Unit into (a) UK provincial reconstruction teams (PRTs) in Helmand and Basra and (b) the review of the Helmand PRT deployment. 
Mr. Douglas Alexander: Both studies are classified as they consider in detail the capabilities of, and operational constraints faced by, the UKs Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Helmand and Basra. As such it would not be appropriate to place them in the Library of the House.
Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of his Department's contribution to the multi-donor trust fund for education in Burma has been spent on (a) state schools, (b) monastery schools and (c) other non-state schools since contributions began. 
Mr. Douglas Alexander: The multi-donor education fund, managed by UNICEF, is designed to help poor Burmese children to complete primary education by helping to cover the costs of schooling which parents would otherwise have to meet themselves. It pays for items such as educational materials and repairs to school buildings.
In 2007, the first year of its operation, the fund spent £2,880,000. DFID contributed £740,000 of the total. 66 per cent. of the fund (£1,900,000) was spent on local-level support for children in state schools, and 24 per cent. (£700,000) on support for children in monastic and affiliated schools and pre-schools run by NGOs and communities. The remaining 10 per cent. (£280,000) was spent on technical support, including monitoring the distribution and usage of supplies. In
the first year 12 per cent. of the primary age population benefited from the work of the fund. In the same period, DFID spent a further £910,000 on support for community-managed pre-schools through Save the Children.
In the financial year 2007-08, DFID has committed £6.5 million to Chad through humanitarian agencies. These include ICRC (£600,000), UNHCR (£2 million) UNOCHA (£260,000), Oxfam (£330,000), WFP (£1.8 million) and Islamic Relief (£500,000). Through these agencies, DFID is contributing to the provision of water and sanitation facilities, food, shelter and other relief items for refugee, IDP and host populations.
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment has been made of the effect that the security situation in Chad is having on the humanitarian situation in Darfur; and if he will make a statement. 
Gillian Merron: Clashes between the Justice and Equality Movement, allegedly supported by the Government of Chad, and Sudanese armed forces, allegedly supported by Chadian rebels, have led to deterioration in security in West Darfur. The area north of El-Geneina, the capital of West Darfur, has been particularly heavily affected by these clashes, with media reports suggesting 12,000 additional displaced civilians, the looting and destruction of humanitarian relief centres and at least 160,000 vulnerable civilians currently cut off from receiving aid.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many external contracts his Department held with public relations companies in each of the last 10 years; and what the total cost of those contracts was. 
These data have been extracted from readily available information and may not be comprehensive. To undertake an extensive interrogation of records over the last 10 years would incur disproportionate cost.
Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with what countries the European Commission has (a) discussed and (b) entered into millennium development goals contracts. 
Mr. Thomas: The European Commission has discussed its proposals to establish millennium development goal (MDG) contracts with member states, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The proposal is not yet finalised, and the Commission has not yet entered into any MDG contracts.
Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what indicators the European Commission has developed to ensure that millennium development goal (MDG) contracts are effective in achieving the MDGs, with particular reference to MDG5. 
Mr. Thomas: Monitoring frameworks for the proposed MDG contracts will include health and education indicators at a minimum, and may also cover anything clearly linked to the MDGs, including issues related to growth. Specific indicators linked to payments will be agreed when contracts are being designed.
Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development to what extent (a) national parliaments and (b) sexual and reproductive health and rights organisations will be involved in the preparation of (i) the European Commission millennium development goal (MDG) contract proposals, (ii) the development of MDG contracts and (iii) the monitoring of results. 
Mr. Thomas: The European Commission has been developing its proposals for a millennium development goal (MDG) contract for some time. We are not aware of any specific engagement, to date, with national parliaments or sexual and reproductive health and rights organisations.
The Commission's guidelines on Global Budget Support encourage delegations to consult with groups such as NGOs, professional associations and trade unions over the design of budget support programmes. The guidelines recommend that monitoring should be used to promote ownership and accountability, and that key stakeholdersincluding parliaments, local governments and non-state actorsshould participate at key moments in performance reviews.
Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department provides to India to tackle (a) malnutrition and (b) poor sanitation affecting children under five. 
Mr. Douglas Alexander: At the national level, DFID is providing £252 million to the Government of Indias Reproductive and Child Health Programme (RCH II) which is tackling child ill-health and malnutrition through antenatal care, promotion of early breastfeeding, treatment of diarrhoea, and education on health and sanitation. DFID has also committed £75 million to UNICEF to work in eight disadvantaged states to provide better services for undernourished babies and children. DFID also supports Indias Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), the main response of the Government of India to child malnutrition. We are providing £1 million to help redesign the programme so that it more effectively reaches its target of 36 million children under six and 7.7 million pregnant and nursing women. DFIDs considerable support (£350 million since 2003) to the Government of Indias education programmes is also contributing to improved sanitation and nutrition through empowerment and awareness raising.
At the state level, tackling malnutrition is a key element of DFIDs health sector support programmes in Orissa (where we are contributing £50 million), Madhya Pradesh (£60 million) and Andhra Pradesh (£40 million). The Government of West Bengal has launched a nutrition strategy targeting children under three in the states six poorest districts. DFID will provide up to £12 million over the next three years to support this strategy, with another £100 million to strengthen general health services in the state.
DFIDs rural livelihoods programmes (five state-level programmes totalling £153 million) have reduced hunger for millions. Households in these areas report fewer days without sufficient food, increased production of food staples, and improved access to food and incomes.
Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to (a) tackle barriers to educational access for girls and (b) improve female literacy in India. 
Mr. Douglas Alexander: DFID has spent £350 million on education in India since 2003. This has mostly helped fund the Government of Indias Sarva Shiksa Abhiyan (Education for All) programme which aims to get all Indias children, particularly girls, into elementary school. This has resulted in enrolments rising from 160 million in 2003 to over 190 million in 2007. The programmes targeting of girls has resulted in numbers of girls and boys being close to equal at the primary level (up to age 11) and is likely to be achieved at upper primary level (11 to 14) by 2010. DFID also recently committed £35 million in support of the Government of Indias womens empowerment programme, Mahila Samakhya, which helps women and girls in rural areas to overcome discrimination and access educational opportunities.
Sarva Shiksa Abhivan and Mahila Samakhya are both working towards improved female literacy in India. Sarva Shiksa Abhivan is doing this by bringing girls into elementary education. Mahila Samakhya supports over 7 million adolescent girls and women
across rural India to help them to read and write. It targets those sub- districts where female literacy rates are known to be significantly lower than average.
Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that economic growth in India has a positive impact on infant mortality; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Douglas Alexander: Despite Indias impressive economic growth, illness and death rates among infants and children remain unacceptably high. DFID is working with the Government of India to tackle this issue through more effective delivery of health services for poor people, women and children.
DFID supports two of the Government of Indias national programmes to reduce child and maternal mortality. We are providing £252 million to Reproductive and Child Health II, a programme that is improving access to skilled birth attendance and emergency obstetric care for pregnant women; and providing new born care, immunisation and other health services for children. We are also providing £128 million for the Governments polio immunisation programme, which aims to eradicate the polio virus in India.
At the state level, DFID is supporting health sector programmes in the four states of West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. As well as working to strengthen health services these programmes support more effective joint working between health, nutrition, education, and water and sanitation departmentsto tackle the multiple causes of child ill-health.
DFID is also funding UNICEF to improve the implementation of Government programmesfocused particularly on child and maternal healthin eight disadvantaged and highly populous states, including Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the work of the Kosovo Property Agency and its predecessor, the United Nations Housing and Property Directorate; what support his Department is providing to this agency; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Douglas Alexander: The Kosovo Property Agency has established mechanisms to resolve property claims in Kosovo and restore property rights to persons displaced by the 1999 conflict. Since its establishment in March 2006 the agency has resolved 3,346 cases.
Mr. Thomas: There have been no reports that the current political crisis has resulted in increased numbers of internally displaced people, which might justify additional humanitarian funding. DFID, however, remains abreast of the situation and a representative from the British Embassy in Jakarta is currently visiting East Timor. The Government of East Timor generates an increasing income from oil revenues, and a multi-donor trust fund has been established to assist the Governments delivery of the East Timor National Development Plan (NDP). DFID provided £1 million to this trust fund in 2006-07 and again in 2007-08.
Mr. Wills: We do not routinely keep records of those officials awarded honours before joining the Department, those awarded honours not related to official duties, or those holding more than one award. This information could be collected only at disproportionate cost.
We do keep records of those officials who have received State honours on the recommendation of this Department. Since the establishment of the Ministry of
Justice in May 2007 three members of the senior civil service have received an honour, broken down as follows:
Similar records were kept by the former Department for Constitutional Affairs. Since 1992, 36 members of the senior civil service received awards following departmental recommendation, broken down as follows:
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for unauthorised (i) access to computer material, (ii) access to computer material with intent to commit or facilitate commission of further offences and (iii) modification of computer material under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. 
Mr. Straw: The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for various offences relating to computer material, in England and Wales for the year 2006 can be found in the following table.
|N umber of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for various offences relating to "computer material," in England and Wales for the year 2006( 1, 2)|
|Statute||Offence description||Prosecuted||Found guilty|
|(1) These data are on the principal offence basis. (2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. Source: Court proceedings database held by RDS Office for Criminal Justice Reform - Ministry of Justice|
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