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Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria

Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries have committed funding for the Global Fund to fight AIDS; and how much each has committed. [198683]

Gillian Merron: About 30 donors, including the private sector and private foundations, have either pledged or are projected to contribute a total of $9.7 billion to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the period 2008-2010.

A table setting out these pledges in detail has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses. A more detailed spreadsheet showing all pledges and contributions since the Global Fund was established can be found on the Global Fund’s website:

The UK pledged £360 million, with £30 million of this subject to demand and results and an additional £640 million from 2011-15, providing the Global Fund is receiving good quality proposals from countries, continues to perform well, and is demonstrating sustainable impact.

Health Services

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department provides health or social care services out of public funds, with reference to the Statement by the Minister of State, Department of Health, in the Health and Social Care Bill Committee, of 17 January 2008, Official Report, column 327. [200222]

Gillian Merron: The Department for International Development (DFID) does not currently provide social care services paid for out of public funds.

DFID does provide healthcare services for staff working and living overseas. In the majority of circumstances, this service facilitates referrals into the NHS, but occasionally makes use, as appropriate, of medical services overseas, the cost of which is paid for from public funds.

Karian and Box

Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the value was of each contract awarded by his Department to Karian and Box since 1997. [199643]

Mr. Malik: The Department for International Development (DFID) has no record of current or previous contracts with Karian and Box for the period requested.

Somalia: Food

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the World Food Programme on the situation in Somalia. [199445]

Gillian Merron: DFID officials are in regular and sustained contact with the WFP regarding food aid needs in Somalia, overall humanitarian and food aid strategies and logistical matters. These contacts include telephone calls, meetings in Nairobi and joint visits to Somalia.


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DFID is the second largest contributor to the WFP element of the 2008 UN Humanitarian Appeal for Somalia.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Admiralty House

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2008, Official Report, column 2564W, on Admiralty House, (1) what the (a) make, (b) model and (c) energy efficiency rating of the (i) washer dryer, (ii) tumble dryer and (iii) fridge-freezer was; [196298]

(2) if he will place in the Library copies of departmental purchase orders 228224, 225497, 228317, 228314 and 228318 in relation to the minor works undertaken. [196299]

Meg Munn [holding answer 25 March 2008]: Departmental purchase orders and supplies of appliances are not normally disclosed for reasons of commercial confidentiality.

Burma

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with the (a) UN High Commissioner for Refugees and (b) government of (i) India and (ii) Bangladesh on the potential numbers of people migrating from Chin state, western Burma as a result of famine and human rights violations; [198374]

(2) what reports he has received of famine in Chin state, western Burma; what steps he has taken to investigate such reports; and what steps he plans to take in the event of such reports being confirmed. [198376]

Meg Munn: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development to the hon. Member for Sutton Coldfield the (Mr. Mitchell) on 25 March 2008, Official Report, column 34W.

We are aware that in parts of Chin state, as well as neighbouring areas in India and Bangladesh, people are experiencing significant hardship due to rodent infestations and consequent crop damage. The Department for International Development (DFID) is in contact with the UN Development Programme and World Food Programme about what humanitarian response may be required. DFID already provides a significant amount of support to Chin state from inside Burma. We also closely monitor the human rights situation in Burma, including abuses committed against ethnic groups.

We have received no reports of any recent upsurge in levels of migration across Indian and Bangladeshi borders from Chin state and as a result have not discussed the issue with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees or Indian and Bangladeshi governments. We do, however, discuss conditions in
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Burma generally and the plight of refugees from Burma with neighbouring countries.

Commonwealth: Students

Mr. Pope: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements he has made to ensure continued scholarship opportunities for high quality doctoral students from developed Commonwealth countries following his decision to terminate funding for Commonwealth Scholarships in the UK after 2008-09. [198364]

Mr. Jim Murphy: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has committed £79,110,000 to scholarship funding (including to Commonwealth countries) over the next three years in accordance with the FCO's global strategy and priorities. Other sources of funding for overseas doctoral students performing research in the UK are available through research councils and universities themselves.

Departmental Legislation

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criminal offences have been abolished by primary legislation sponsored by his Department since May 1997. [198293]

Meg Munn: Criminal offences under the Genocide Act 1969 were repealed by the International Criminal Court Act 2001; the International Criminal Court Act 2001, however, re-enacted the crime of genocide, with a wider jurisdictional ambit.

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criminal offences have been created by primary legislation sponsored by his Department since July 2007. [198313]

Meg Munn: No new primary legislation sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been enacted in the period in question.

Departmental Pay

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the hourly rates of pay of all non-permanent staff working for his Department and its agencies were in each of the last 12 months; and how many staff were receiving each rate in each of those months. [196450]

Meg Munn: In the UK the Foreign and Commonwealth Office employs the following categories of non-permanent staff:

The terms under which we employ consultants and contractors vary according to each contract or supply agreement. We do not hold a central record of these agreements.

In respect of the rates we have paid to non-permanent staff supplied by employment agencies I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 11 March
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2008, Official Report, column 328W to the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart).

In each of the past 12 months we have employed the following numbers of non-permanent fee-paid staff at the following hourly rates. The hourly rates are themselves based on annual salaries for permanent staff in the corresponding grade:

Month Number Hourly minimum (£) Hourly maximum (£)

March 2008

26

9.18

35.12

February 2008

28

9.18

35.12

January 2008

29

6.91

35.12

December 2007

24

6.91

35.12

November 2007

25

6.91

35.12

October 2007

29

6.91

55.56

September 2007

27

6.91

55.56

August 2007

23

6.91

55.56

July 2007

21

6.91

55.56

June 2007

16

9.18

55.56

May 2007

11

9.18

55.56

April 2007

8

13.13

55.56


Departmental Sustainable Development

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department plans to publish its sustainable operations policy statement. [195864]

Meg Munn: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) Environment Policy Statement on Operations is available on the FCO's website at the following address:

Gaza: Politics and Government

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions on the political situation in Gaza he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues, (b) the Israeli authorities, (c) Palestinian officials and (d) non-governmental organisations. [197891]

Meg Munn: The UK is working intensively to address the latest violence in the Gaza Strip and the continued firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel. In recent weeks, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary briefed his Cabinet colleagues and has regular conversations with my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development regarding Gaza and southern Israel.

In addition, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has been in contact with Palestinian President Abbas on 6 March, Israeli Defence Minister Barak on 28 February and 17 April, Israeli Foreign Minister Livni on 27 March, 10 April and 16 April, Egyptian Foreign Minister Gheit on 9 March, US Secretary of State Rice most recently on 2 April, and the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 27 March.

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary and Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials have been
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in regular contact with non-governmental organisations. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has recently written to the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, Jews for Justice, and Oxfam. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary met with the British Overseas Agencies Group which represents ActionAid, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, Christian Aid, Oxfam GB and Save the Children on 14 April. Officials have recently met with Oxfam, Amnesty International, Médecins Sans Frontières and Christian Aid.

We continue to urge all parties to exercise restraint and refrain from the use of force.

Iran: Sanctions

Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government will be encouraging the European Union to take in light of the agreement on UN Security Council Resolution 1803 on 3 March 2008; and if he will make a statement. [199074]

Dr. Howells: Following UN Security Council resolution 1803, we are pressing for further EU measures in the form of a new Common Position and additional listings of entities and individuals that meet the criteria laid out in the existing Common Positions. A range of proposals are under consideration, including further financial and other measures and my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary will inform the House when these have been agreed.

Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects additional EU sanctions on Iran to be agreed; and if he will make a statement. [199080]

Dr. Howells: On the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 1803, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary and our officials are working closely with EU partners to design and adopt further EU measures as a matter of urgency. Discussions are continuing in Brussels. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary will inform the House of the outcome of those negotiations as soon as he is able to do so.

Iraq: Detainees

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what mechanisms are in place to ensure that Iraqi prisoners who are handed over to the Iraqi government by coalition forces are accorded the level of treatment expected under international conventions; and if he will make a statement. [198348]

Dr. Howells: The Government concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Iraq on 8 November 2004 entitled “Memorandum of understanding between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland contingent of Multinational Forces-Iraq and the Ministries of Justice and Interior of Iraq regarding criminal suspects”.

This MOU sets out the process by which transfers are to be conducted and also sets out the expectations of the Government in relation to the treatment of individuals transferred. We have previously sought the
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permission of the Government of Iraq to lay a copy of the MOU before Parliament, but that permission was withheld.


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