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Ipsos MORI

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what payments his Department has made to Ipsos MORI in the last 24 months; and for what purposes. [194314]

Mr. Lammy: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) was created as a result of machinery of government changes in June 2007. DIUS operates a devolved procurement structure for consultancy contracts. As such there is no central register of contracts let. Information on this type of expenditure is not held separately for DIUS for prior
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years, therefore this information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, year to date, the Department has spent £2,734,621 on consultancy.

Written Questions: Government Responses

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he expects to answer question 191211 on prisoners and qualifications, tabled on 27 February 2008. [195441]

Bill Rammell: I refer my right hon. Friend to the reply given on 31 March, Official Report, columns 595-598W.

International Development

Chad: Armed Conflict

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of (a) the humanitarian effects of the civil war in Chad since December 2005 and (b) the availability of humanitarian aid; when this assessment was last reviewed; and if he will make a statement. [197121]

Gillian Merron: The Department for International Development (DFID) remains very concerned about the humanitarian effects of the ongoing conflict in Chad. Since the end of 2005, the tensions between Sudan and Chad have increased levels of insecurity. The UN estimates that there are up to 180,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as a result of the conflict, and there are a further 700,000 people thought to have been adversely affected in host communities.

DFID continues to monitor developments closely, and is continuously reviewing the level of humanitarian aid available through contact with the Red Cross and with UN and NGO agencies, and through discussions with other donors.

In overall terms, the 2007 humanitarian effort in Chad was well supported. The 2007 UN appeal for Chad (for $274 million) was 99.5 per cent. funded, making it the best supported UN appeal of 2007. The 2007 ICRC appeal was more than 100 per cent. funded. The 2008 UN appeal (for $290 million) is currently 16.1 per cent. funded, which represents good coverage this early in the year.

Departmental Contracts

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contracts were awarded by his Department to (a) KPMG, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) McKinsey, (e) Deloitte and (f) other consultancy firms in each of the last 12 months; and what the (i) purpose and (ii) value was of each of these contracts. [196580]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: The Department for International Development’s (DFID) website:


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provides the requested information on all consultancy contracts awarded for the 12-month period January to December 2007. Low value contracts issued by DFID’s overseas offices are not included. To produce a separate list of these would incur a disproportionate cost.

Departmental Training

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff in his Department have attended the (a) Influencing with Integrity, (b) Emotional Intelligence, (c) Counselling Skills for the Workplace, (d) Managing your Confidence, (e) Balancing Work/Life Realities and (f) Working Assertively training course run by the National School of Government in the last 12 months for which information is available; and at what cost. [197066]

Gillian Merron: The statistics for Department for International Development attendance at these National School of Government (NSG) courses for 2007-08 is as follows:

Course title Number of DFID participants Cost (£)

Influencing with Integrity

9

6,543

Emotional Intelligence

1

1,495

Counselling Skills for the Workplace

0

0

Managing your Confidence

1

1,149

Balancing Work/life Realities

0

0

Working Assertively

1

726


Responsibility for booking and financing training courses is at departmental level. NSG is one of a range of possible providers for these types of learning activities.

Developing Countries: Food

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of whether (a) the Food Security Programme and (b) the Productive Safety Net Programme set up by the Government of Ethiopia are viable models to be encouraged in countries facing similar food security issues; what assistance his Department has (i) offered and (ii) delivered (A) directly, (B) through the European Union and (C) through other international institutions to each programme; and if he will make a statement. [197031]

Gillian Merron: The Ethiopian Food Security Programme consists of three components: the Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP), the Other Food Security Programme and a programme of resettlement.

The Department for International Development (DFID) has supported the PSNP since 2005. Since then, DFID has facilitated assessments of both the Food Security Programme and the PSNP. DFID has also supported the dissemination of lessons learned from PSNP to Southern African countries.


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Since 2005, DFID has disbursed £92 million in support of the PSNP. These funds have been provided directly to the Government of Ethiopia.

DFID does not support the other components of the Food Security Programme.

Food Aid

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes have been (a) planned, (b) initiated, (c) run, (d) directly funded and (e) part-funded by his Department using nutrient dense ready-to-use foods since the beginning of 2007; and if he will make a statement. [197174]

Gillian Merron: Complete costing information on what programmes have been planned and funded using ready-to-use foods (RUTF) is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The Department for International Development frequently channels funds for RUTF through budget support at the country level or as contributions to the core budgets or pooled funds of UN organisations working on humanitarian issues.

DFID is providing £1.5 million (2006 to 2010) to the NGOs Concern Worldwide and Valid International to widen the use of RUTFs in community care programmes in Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia and Bangladesh.

HIV Infection: Overseas Aid

Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial contribution the UK is making to the 2007 G8 commitments on (a) prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV services and (b) paediatric HIV treatment; and if he will make a statement. [197053]

Gillian Merron: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh, South (Nigel Griffiths) on 19 March 2008, Official Report, columns 1183-84W.

Latin America

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of his Department’s staff were based in Latin America at the latest date for which figures are available; where in Latin America each such member of staff was based; how many staff he plans to be based in Latin America in each of the next three years; and where each will be located. [197467]

Mr. Malik: Currently 29 members of the Department for International Development (DFID) staff are based in Latin America. 12 are based in Managua, nine in Brasilia and eight in La Paz.

The offices in La Paz and Managua will close in September 2008 and April 2009 respectively. The Brazil office will continue to operate but with eight staff in 2008-09.

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of his Department’s UK-based staff have been dedicated to working on
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matters relating to Latin America in each of the last five years; and how many will be dedicated in each of the next three years. [197476]

Mr. Malik: The numbers of Department for International Development staff based in the UK and working on Latin America over the last five years are shown in the table as follows.

Financial year Number of Latin America posts based in UK

2007-08

8

2006-07

10.5

2005-06

14.5

2004-05

16.5

2003-04

16.5


The staffing structure for the UK/Latin America Team for the next three years is still under discussion.

Latin America: Overseas Aid

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he plans to publish the future Regional Assistance Plan for Latin America. [197468]

Mr. Malik: The Department for International Development’s (DFID) future support to Latin America will be provided through civil society organisations and international institutions. We will also continue to work on Brazil’s global role in development. A summary of our programme will be produced and made publicly available (although this will not be in the form of a Regional Assistance Plan). This document will be available by the end of 2008.

Moldova: Food

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the food security situation in Moldova; what assistance his Department has (a) offered and (b) provided to (i) the Government and (ii) the population of Moldova to alleviate the impact of another possible drought; and if he will make a statement. [197032]

Mr. Malik: During 2007 Moldova was affected by a serious drought that reduced crop production across an estimated 84 per cent. of arable land. The Government of Moldova requested assistance from the United Kingdom and other donors. The Department for International Development (DFID) contacted the European Commission (EC) who confirmed that they were responding by providing €4 million of Food Security Programme budget support and releasing €20 million of macro-economic support funds to enable the Government of Moldova to respond to the impact of the drought. The EC also provided €3 million in direct humanitarian aid. Other donors also provided assistance.

The UK Government are continuing to support the Moldovan Government with longer-term reforms aimed at strengthening the economy of the country and its resilience to future shocks through its small bilateral programme (£4 million pa). This includes a £3
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million contribution to the World Bank Poverty Reduction Support Credit, one aim of which is to strengthen the agriculture sector and consequently food security. The EC is also discussing with the Government of Moldova support to agriculture sector reform in its 2008 programme.

Palestinians: Overseas Aid

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effect of the situation in Gaza on the flow of UK aid to the Palestinians; whether his Department plans to resume direct funding to the Palestinian Authority; and if he will make a statement. [196807]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: The Department for International Development (DFID) funds public services and humanitarian support in both the West Bank and Gaza. UK contributions to the European Commission’s PEGASE mechanism help to provide allowances to 77,000 key workers such as doctors and nurses as well as engineers working to keep Gaza’s power supply operational. In addition DFID provided £3 million to the Palestinian Authority (PA) to help pay its private sector debts, directly benefiting firms in Gaza as well as in the West Bank. Financial support of this kind is one way of getting aid directly to the people of Gaza.

DFID’s humanitarian support to Gaza is channelled through major humanitarian agencies such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) that are still able to operate in Gaza. I recently announced a further £2 million through the ICRC.

Concerning support to the Palestinian Authority for both Gaza and the West Bank I refer to the statement I made to the House today in which I announced a £20 million contribution to the Palestinian Authority through a new multi-donor mechanism managed by the World Bank.

Somalia: Internally Displaced Persons

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the humanitarian conditions of (a) internally displaced people in and (b) refugees from Somalia since the beginning of 2007; what estimate he has made of the number of such people; and if he will make a statement. [197124]

Gillian Merron: The latest estimates from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) for the number of Somali refugees resident in countries neighbouring Somalia are as follows:

Number

Djibouti

8,642

Yemen

50,000

Eritrea

4600

Ethiopia

19,572

Kenya

182,000


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In February 2008 UNHCR estimated that the numbers of internally displaced people in Somalia were 776,600. This does not include those who have been recently displaced by drought, floods and clan conflict as these are believed to be temporary. This leads the UN to estimate total numbers of displaced at approximately 1 million.

The humanitarian situation remains critical. In Somalia the relief effort is constrained by conflict and insecurity-related obstruction of supplies. Nevertheless, UN and NGO relief agencies are providing shelter, food, emergency health services and clean water, which help to address the most urgent needs, and reduce suffering.


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