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Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will provide information that shows how UK civil society concerns are reflected in his Departments aid effectiveness work and preparations for the HLF in accordance with the dialogue his Department has with UK Advocacy Network. 
Mr. Thomas: The Department for International Development has regular dialogue with the UK Aid Network (UKAN) to ensure their concerns feed into our policy and action and that these concerns are reflected in our work to improve aid effectiveness in line with the Paris Declaration.
In preparation for the High Level Forum, we are supporting the involvement of civil society through research, advocacy and participation at Accra. This includes funding seminars to raise awareness and debate about aid effectiveness issues.
Mr. Douglas Alexander:
Corporate priorities are identified through the business planning process. The corporate priorities are then included in the Departmental Strategic Objectives (DSOs). Two of DFIDs seven DSOs are about aid effectiveness, demonstrating the priority DFID attaches to it. They are Departmental Strategic Objective No. 5. (To make all bilateral and multilateral donors
more effective); and Departmental Strategic Objective No. 6. (To deliver high quality and effective bilateral development assistance).
Mr. Douglas Alexander: The Department for International Development (DFID) has provided £83.5 million in support of the national health facility over the last five years (2003-08). The funds have contributed to reducing child mortality by supporting programmes to improve immunisation; nutrition; malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS control; and family planning. In total it is estimated our support has helped prevent the deaths of 200,000 children.
In addition in 2006 we committed £90 million over five years to Pakistan's National Maternal and Newborn Health Programme. Not only will this improve maternal health and welfare and prevent maternal deaths, but it is also estimated it will save the lives of 100,000 newborn children.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of progress of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Developments study on the relationship of social policy issues, gender equality, social inclusion and effectiveness in Sierra Leone. 
Gillian Merron: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Developments study on the relationship of social policy issues, gender equality, social inclusion and effectiveness in Sierra Leone was undertaken in Sierra Leone during November and December 2007, with the final report being presented in January 2008.
The Government of Sierra Leone have not undertaken any formal assessment of progress of the study as a whole so far. However, there have been assessments of progress in some specific areas. Of particular note are the campaigns to encourage more women to vote in the up coming local elections, and to stand as candidates (partly funded by DFID under an umbrella programme Promoting Voice and Transparency on Elections, PIVOT). Although the figures will not be known until after the elections, the number of women candidates standing (16.5 per cent.) is nearly double that of last time (9 per cent.).
In the five months since the studys launch, the Government agency that has responsibility for the monitoring of the study (the Development Assistance Co-ordination Office, DACO) has been focused on finalising two strategic processes:
1. Completing the overall Survey of the Paris Declaration (February and March 2008). This is the strategic process which regularly monitors aid effectiveness issues in partner countries.
2. The production of a new Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, PRSP, which is the National Development Strategy monitored under Indicator One of the Paris Declaration Survey.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what organisations his Department is supporting to fight HIV and AIDS infection in the South Asia region; and how much these organisations received in 2007-08. 
In India, £21.6 million was provided to the National AIDS Control Organisation, and a further £5.6 million to various organisations including UNAIDS, the BBC World Service Trust, and a range of local NGOs.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the likely humanitarian effect of changes announced on 10 June 2008 to the World Food Programme Humanitarian Service in Sudan. 
Mr. Thomas: Our initial assessment is that the flight changes announced by the World Food Programmes Humanitarian Air Service will not adversely affect the front-line work of the humanitarian operation in Darfur. The reductions in the helicopter service still represent an increase from 2007. Other flight changes affect connections between the capital Khartoum and the South. Although these will not have a significant impact on humanitarian operations, they will affect the frequency with which aid workers can travel to regional hubs.
Mr. Thomas: In March 2008 the Department for International Development (DFID) provided £1.2 million to UNICEF Sudan for the Go to School programme. DFID is very happy to support this important initiative which has seen a significant increase in school attendance in Southern Sudan since its inception two years ago.
In line with Government procurement policy, the Cabinet Office selects its suppliers through competition unless there are justifiable reasons to do otherwise, taking account of value for money. Many of its suppliers are awarded contracts under pan-government framework agreements which have been competed through the EU advertising procedures. Information on suppliers specialisms is not held centrally and cannot be obtained without incurring disproportionate costs.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster who the Central Office of Information's preferred suppliers are; what the specialism of each is; and what mechanism was used to select them. 
Mr. Watson: The Central Office of Information has over 800 suppliers listed on our website, www.coi.gov.uk, covering 31 frameworks set up in line with EU procurement directives. Information on suppliers' specialisms is not held centrally and cannot be obtained without incurring disproportionate costs.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidance governs the use by former Ministers of air miles incurred from ministerial travel for personal travel once they leave office. 
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Central (Jim Cousins) of 19 February 2008, Official Report, column 687W, on departmental contracts, what the purpose of each such project in relation to each firm was. 
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps his Department has taken to implement the recommendations of the Information Commissioners Freedom of Information Good Practice Guidance Note no. 4 on time limits on consideration of the public interest; and if he will make a statement. 
Edward Miliband: The Cabinet Office aims to respond to all Freedom of Information requests within 20 working days. In some cases the consideration of the public interest takes longer and in these instances a response is given within such time as is reasonable in the circumstances, as required by the Freedom of Information Act.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what information was requested in the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests to the Cabinet Office with case references (a) FS50077719 (received 2 June 2005), (b) FS50085720 (11 August 2005), (c) FS50086426 (17 August 2005), (d) FS50088735, (14 September 2005), (e) FS50088745, (14 September 2005), (f) FS50089369 (21 September 2005), (g) FS50090742, (6 October 2005), (h) FS50091011 (10 October 2005), (i) FS50097905 (6 December 2005) and (j) FS50098388 (8 December 2005). 
Edward Miliband: The Information Commissioner has issued a Decision Notice for FS50090742: The assessment by the Joint Intelligence Committee of Iraqs declaration of its weapons of mass destruction in December 2002. The Decision Notice is available on the Information Commissioners website at:
Mr. Watson: Nicola Burdett is appointed to No.10 as a special adviser. Special advisers are appointed under the terms and conditions set out in the Model Contract and Code of Conduct for Special Advisers, copies of which are in the Library of the House.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what records his Department holds of (a) air miles, and similar promotional travel schemes provided to civil servants in the Cabinet Office in respect of travel paid for from the public purse and (b) the subsequent use of such benefits. 
Phil Hope: If Cabinet Office staff receive air miles or similar promotions as a result of travel on official business, they are either used for future official travel, or, if this is not possible, they are donated to a charity of the travel operators choice.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald) of 25 January 2007, Official Report, column 1962W, on Dorneywood, if he will place in the Library the guidance issued to Ministers on the use and availability of Dorneywood for Government meetings and seminars. 
Phil Hope: Guidance on the use of official residences is set out in the Ministerial Code. Dorneywood is held in Trust for use as an official residence, as has been the case under successive administrations. My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has the use of Dorneywood as an official residence. The Chancellor and the Trustees have now made Dorneywood available to other Ministers to use for official engagements.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on what date (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) the Central Office of Information last updated their euro changeover plans; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent version of each. 
Phil Hope: A copy of the most recent version of the Cabinet Offices euro changeover plan has been placed in the Library of the House. The Central Office of Information is currently formulating its euro changeover plan which is intended for publication at the end of July 2008.
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