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Africa: Conflict Prevention

Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department plans to provide to the Africa Conflict Prevention Pool in 2008-09. [216288]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: In April 2008 the Africa and Global Conflict Prevention Pools (the ACPP and GCPP) were merged to form a single combined Conflict Prevention Pool (CPP). The CPP is managed jointly by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Ministry of Defence (MOD). Its budget is voted on separately by Parliament to support the Government's conflict prevention policy in line with the tri-departmental public service agreement (PSA) on conflict.

The CPP is divided into six regional and two thematic programmes, including a dedicated Africa Programme, reflecting priorities set by Ministers through NSID(OD) (the Overseas and Defence Ministerial Subcommittee of the National Security, International Relations and Development Committee). The Africa Programme has an initial allocation of £62.5 million for financial year 2008-09 from the total CPP budget of £112 million.

Cocoa

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 1036W, on
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cocoa: children, if he will make it his policy to seek a prohibition on the sale in the UK of chocolate made with cocoa farmed by trafficked children. [216359]

Mr. Malik: The Department for International Development (DFID) strongly condemns the use of trafficked labour in the production of cocoa and other industries. However, we believe the best way to raise labour standards is through capacity building and co-operation, and encouragement of business and governments, rather than trying to impose restrictions on trade. Ultimately, it is for individual governments to set and enforce their own labour standards, to protect workers in their own countries and provide a ‘level playing field’ for companies.

DFID supports a range of initiatives to reduce the vulnerability of children to trafficking and to support fair and ethical supply chains for the chocolate and other industries. This includes promoting the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises which set down the employment standards that the Government expect UK companies to implement in their supply chains. It also includes supporting the Fairtrade Foundation and the Ethical Trading Initiative which requires its corporate members to adopt the ETI Base Code which includes not using child labour.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 1035W, on cocoa, what recent reports he has received of progress on the part of the International Cocoa Initiative towards achieving its goal to survey 50 per cent. of Cote d'Ivoire cocoa farms by July 2008; and if he will make a statement. [216364]

Mr. Malik: The Department for International Development (DFID) has not received any report of the progress of the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) in surveying cocoa farms in Cote d’Ivoire. Our understanding is that the ICI is not involved in the survey process linked to the Cocoa (Harkin-Engel) protocol.

As part of its commitment under the protocol, the government of Cote d’Ivoire published their report of the Initial Diagnostic National Survey of Labour in the Cocoa Production Industry on 26 June 2008.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 1035W, on cocoa: children, if he will support the Stop the Traffik campaign in the preparation and its forthcoming report, People shouldn't be bought and sold. [216365]

Mr. Malik: The Department for International Development (DFID) has not seen the Stop the Traffik report—‘People shouldn't be bought and sold’. However, we strongly agree with title statement of the report.

Poverty is at the root of many contemporary forms of slavery and trafficking. DFID is working to eliminate poverty and reduce poor people's vulnerability to exploitation. DFID also, through its support of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the Ethical Trading Initiative, promotes the implementation, by businesses, of employment standards, such as not using child labour, in their supply chains.


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Departmental Sick Pay

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much was paid in sick pay to staff in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility in each of the last five years; what proportion of the annual staffing expenditure of each body this represented in each year; and if he will make a statement; [216124]

(2) what the average duration of single periods of sick leave taken by staff in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [216126]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: Details at the level requested could not be provided without incurring disproportionate costs. However, data for the years 2004, 2005 and 2006-07 are available on the civil service website:

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility have received sick pay for sick leave due to (i) stress and (ii) mental health and behavioural disorders in each of the last 10 years; what the average length of time was for which sick pay was paid in these cases; and if he will make a statement; [216125]

(2) what the average duration of single periods of sick leave taken by staff in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility who gave (i) stress and (ii) mental health and behavioural disorders as the reason for their absence was in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement; [216127]

(3) how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility have taken sick days due to (i) stress and (ii) mental health and behavioural disorders in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of staff of each body this represented in each year; and if he will make a statement; [216128]

(4) how many sick days were taken by employees in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility due to (i) stress and (ii) mental health and behavioural disorders in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of sick days taken by staff of each body this figure represented in each case; and if he will make a statement. [216129]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: Details at the level requested could not be provided without incurring disproportionate costs. However, data for the years 2004, 2005 and 2006-07 are available on the civil service website:

Data for the most recent 12 month period for which details are available, show that in the period 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008:


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Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made on the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation scheme; what meetings officials in his Department have had on the scheme since its inception; what the (a) current and (b) planned funding for the scheme is; and if he will make a statement. [215875]

Mr. Malik: Over the last two years, Department for International Development (DFID) officials have attended key meetings of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and technical meetings with stakeholders and negotiating partners in the UK and internationally, to discuss Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD).

A successful decision on REDD was reached at the UNFCCC conference in Bali in December 2007. The decision recognises that REDD should be part of a post-2012 climate agreement and sets out a process for establishing how to achieve this ahead of the 15th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Copenhagen, in 2009.

Currently, the UK is contributing £15 million to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and £50 million to the Congo Basin Forest Fund. We have also provided £250,000 to support a Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Programme in Indonesia. The Prime Minister recently commissioned a review on financial mechanisms for reducing emissions from deforestation. We will consider how we can further support REDD activities in light of the findings.

Sub-Saharan Africa: Conflict Prevention

Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place a copy of the latest UK Sub-Saharan Strategy for Conflict Prevention in the Library. [216292]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: I shall place a copy of the UK Sub-Saharan Strategy for Conflict Prevention in the Library.

United Nations Population Fund

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions there have been between his Department and the United States Administration on funding for the United Nations Population Fund; and if he will make a statement. [216346]


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Mr. Malik: The Department for International Development (DFID) has regular dialogue with all donors and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on funding for that organisation and on access for poor
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people in developing countries to reproductive health services. We continue to discuss with the United States effective and country-led approaches to sustainable development and poverty reduction.


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