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Other DFID programmes in education, health and livelihoods reach areas where displaced people live, including Karen communities. We do not, however, have specific figures on how much of this assistance is provided to displaced people.

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the regime in Burma is allowing free and unrestricted access for aid workers in the Irrawaddy delta. [208474]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: Since the United Nations-ASEAN Conference in Rangoon on 25 May there has been some improvement in access. The Myanmar Red Cross has been able to scale up its operation in the Delta. Five international medical teams from countries in the region are now providing support and a DFID team travelled to the Irrawaddy Delta on 29 May.

However, significant concerns remain. Restrictions have been placed on dates of travel, and requirements have been made that government liaison officers accompany relief staff. There are still too few relief workers based in the Delta.

The Government's priority has been, and remains, to ensure that relief reaches those who need it most. Together with the UN, ASEAN and NGOs we are continuing to monitor the situation very closely.

Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department provided to Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, on the Thai-Burma border, in each of the last three years. [209522]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: The Department for International Development (DFID) has recently approved funding of £100,000 for the Mae Tao Clinic for 2008-09. This money will be used for medicines, supplies and equipment critical for the clinic's medical work. This is the first DFID grant direct to the clinic.

The Mae Tao Clinic has also received grants from the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC), to which DFID contributes.

Burma: Storms

Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether charities responding to the cyclone in Burma are required to have a Memorandum of Understanding with the regime in order to receive funding. [209521]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: The Department for International Development (DFID) does not limit its funding for cyclone response to charities that have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the regime. In the emergency response phase, we have given priority to international NGOs with existing capacity on the ground, particularly in areas worst affected by the cyclone, because experience has shown that these have been able to respond faster. However, we have also funded NGOs without MOUs where they have clear value to add.


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Congo Basin Forest Fund

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects will be funded by the Congo Basin Forest Fund which will reduce emissions from deforestation. [209698]

Mr. Thomas: The Congo Basin Forest Fund will be launched on 17 June 2008. Governments, civil society and private sector organisations will be eligible to apply for funding once it has been launched. Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria: innovation, slowing deforestation, reducing poverty and conformance with the COMIFAC (Central Africa Commission for Forestry) Convergence Plan.

In addition to the initial finance of £50 million contribution to the CBFF, the UK has allocated up to £8 million to fund start-up activities. We are currently considering options for funding, following scoping visits to the region. These will be assessed against the CBFF funding criteria.

Departmental Pay

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many and what proportion of employees in his Department who received a performance-related bonus at their last appraisal were (a) male, (b) female, (c) from an ethnic minority, (d) disabled and (e) not heterosexual; and if he will make a statement. [208376]

Gillian Merron: Senior civil servants in the Department for International Development (DFID) have not been allocated any performance bonuses in recognition of their performance during the 2007-08 appraisal year. Decisions on bonuses will be made following receipt of the 2008 report of the Review Body on Senior Salaries.

Developing Countries: Climate Change

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the environmental transformation fund will be allocated to steps aimed at reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries; and of this how much will be by (a) grants, (b) loans and (c) via the World Bank multi-donor fund. [209697]

Mr. Thomas: The final allocations of the environmental transformation fund - international window (ETF-IW) have yet to be decided. Decisions about resource allocations (including for forestry) will be agreed by relevant ministers through an HMG Governance Board (which includes DEFRA, DFID and HMT).

To date, £50 million of the ETF-IW has been committed to the Congo Basin Fund. We also expect the UK's £15 million contribution to the Forest Carbon Partnership Fund to be funded by the ETF-IW. This would all be in the form of grants, made through the World Bank administered multi-donor Climate Investment Funds.

We are also supporting the establishment of a wider programme on forestry as part of these funds. This is still in the early stages of development, but progress on the design will be made towards the end of this year.


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Developing Countries: Renewable Energy

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the World Bank on raising its level of support for renewable energy projects in the developing world. [205752]

Mr. Thomas: The World Bank Group in 2004 announced it would increase financial support for renewable energy and energy efficiency by an average of at least 20 per cent. a year between 2005 and 2009. This target has been exceeded, with commitments on renewable energy, excluding large hydropower, increasing from $192 million in 2004 to $421 million in 2007.

In 2007, we asked the World Bank to increase its level of ambition. We have called for them to further develop and promote transitions to low carbon energy supplies, including by increased support for affordable, efficient and renewable energy. The World Bank's Clean Energy Investment Framework aims to expand access to modern energy and help countries take up low-carbon solutions to their energy needs. Increasing the use of renewable energy is part of these objectives and we will continue to encourage the World Bank to do more. We are supporting the World Bank in the implementation of the framework.

International Labour Organisation: Finance

Mr. Sarwar: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department has provided to the International Labour Organisation to support its work on reducing labour exploitation of children and women in the last 12 months. [208335]

Mr. Thomas: In 2007-08 the Department for International Development (DFID) provided £6.75 million to support the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) core programmes on social protection, forced labour, cooperatives and migration. The ILO has an action plan which aims to ensure that the interests of children and women are at the forefront of all their work. DFID is also providing £465,000 to help the ILO improve monitoring and evaluation of its work for children and women. This work began in January 2008.

Thailand Burma Border Consortium

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the Government have agreed to increase funding for the Thailand Burma Border Consortium in 2008-09. [208475]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: The Department for International Development (DFID) has approved a grant of £1 million for the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) for 2008-09. This funding is being channelled through Christian Aid. It represents a 30 per cent. increase over last year's total allocation of £770,000. This is in response to the rapid rise in the cost of rice this year, as well as last year's decision by DFID to allow TBBC to use our money for cross-border support to internally displaced persons (IDPs) inside Burma as well as for refugees in Thailand.


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Yemen: Overseas Aid

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much was pledged at the Yemen donor’s conference held in 2006 in London; and how much funding has been collected from those that pledged money at the conference; [208292]

(2) how many of the countries that pledged aid at the Yemen donor’s conference held in 2006 in London have given all of the aid pledged; [208298]

(3) what steps the Government has taken to encourage countries and organisations that pledged aid to Yemen at the 2006 donor conference in London to provide it. [208295]

Mr. Malik: $4.746 billion was pledged at the Yemen Consultative Group (CG) meeting in 2006 of which $2.786 billion was in grant aid and $1960 million was in soft lending. Since then additional pledges have come in from France, Spain, the USA, Denmark and the Arab Fund taking combined ‘CG pledges’ to $5.312 billion.

The Government of Yemen (GoY) has not published overall donor disbursement figures for the period since the Yemen CG meeting. The most complete and recent data shows donor disbursements of $292.18 million to Yemen for calendar year 2007. This does not cover all those donors who made pledges at the CG meeting notably Arab donors who made significant pledges. All donor funds pledged were multi-annual and spread over several years so we would not expect full disbursement at this stage.

The UK continues to support GoY efforts to encourage donors to disburse their pledges against agreed timetables through our ongoing engagement in GoY-donor dialogue, for example, the twice yearly ‘Consultative Group Stocktake Meetings’. The UK has played a particular role in encouraging greater dialogue between Arab donors and OECD donors to promote all donors to deliver their CG pledge commitments. We are supporting the Aid Harmonisation and Alignment (AHA) Unit within the Ministry of Planning and International Co-operation which leads on Consultative Group pledge follow-up within its broader mandate to promote greater aid effectiveness in Yemen.

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the £117 million pledged by the Government in 2006 over a period of four years has been provided to Yemen. [208293]

Mr. Malik: To date the UK Government have provided bilateral aid totalling £11.99 million of the £117 million pledged in the 2006 donor conference. The balance will be provided over the three financial years 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11.

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what types of aid were provided by the Government to Yemen in (a) the last year and (b) the last 10 years. [208294]


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Mr. Malik: We are currently unable to provide figures for UK aid types provided to Yemen in 2007-08, as these figures have not yet been published.

Over the last 10 years the UK Government has provided the following aid types:


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£

Technical co-operation

1997-98

293,333

1998-99

511,224

1999-2000

565,331

2000-01

251,359

2001-02

6,263

2002-03

40,487

2003-04

46,490

2004-05

770,358

2005-06

747,165

2006-07

874,982

Total from 1997-98—2006-07

3,880,792

Other financial aid

1997-98

358,164

1998-99

302,330

1999-2000

309,320

2000-01

1,515,665

2001-02

384,165

2002-03

3,297,654

2003-04

106,750

2004-05

104,123

2005-06

90,350

2006-07

82,670

Total from 1997-98—2006-07

10,779,069

Other bilateral aid

1997-98

397,627

1998-99

234,845

1999-2000

611,744

2000-01

963,740

2001-02

2,191,733

2002-03

2,102,922

2003-04

3,721,092

2004-05

4,430,196

2005-06

10,658,258

2006-07

7,441,013

Total from 1997-98—2006-07

31,991,009

Humanitarian assistance

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

6,708

2005-06

4,285

2006-07

Total from 1997-98—2006-07

10,993

Imputed multilateral share

1997-98

4,884

1998-99

4,531

1999-2000

1,260

2000-01

16,432

2001-02

4,316

2002-03

7,628

2003-04

2,342

2004-05

4,526

2005-06

5,026

2006-07

6,771

Total from 1997-98—2006-07

57,716


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