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2001

2002


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2003

2004

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2006

2007

The data are not provided under national statistics protocols and have been derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change.

Workers Registration Scheme: Fees and Charges

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what factors have been taken into consideration in deciding the level of the registration fee for the Workers' Registration scheme. [206462]


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Mr. Byrne: The fee for the issuance of a work card under the Workers Registration scheme is set in consideration of the administrative costs of the operation of the scheme.

Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre

Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of progress in concluding the outstanding insurance claim against Bedfordshire Police Authority following the incident at Yarl’s Wood on 14 February 2002; when she expects to announce a final settlement of the claim; and what estimate she has made of the likely costs of this claim. [207322]

Mr. Byrne: The Home Office is not directly involved in the claim made against Bedfordshire Police Authority for the fire at Yarl’s Wood Removal Centre on 14 February 2002 and we have no line of sight to the case details.

International Development

Malaria

7. Mr. Sarwar: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution his Department has made towards United Nations policy objectives on malaria. [209999]

Gillian Merron: The UK Government have committed £1 billion over the next seven years to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, as well as directly supporting developing countries, research and other international organisations. The UK will also provide 20 million extra bed nets towards achieving the goal of universal bed net coverage by 2010.

Genetically Modified Crops

8. Mr. Dunne: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the contribution of genetically modified crops to food supplies in developing countries. [210000]

Mr. Thomas: The Department for International Development (DFID) has not made a specific assessment of the contribution of genetically modified (GM) crops to food supplies. But there are examples where the use of GM crops is increasing food production—such as in the Philippines, where 300,000 hectares of GM maize was planted last year.

Genetically modified crops will not solve the problem of world hunger on their own. But biotechnology, including GM crops, does have a potentially important contribution to make, providing it is managed responsibly.


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