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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent estimate is of the length of time which will be required for the proposed airport on St. Helena to be brought into service once approval has been granted. 
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent estimate was of the cost to the public purse of the proposed St. Helena airport before the pause in negotiations on the airport was announced. 
Mr. Douglas Alexander: It would be inappropriate to release any financial information, including cost estimates, relating to improving access to St. Helena as these could influence future negotiations.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe continues to deteriorate. The cholera epidemic is the biggest in Zimbabwe's history. The UN is predicting that as many as 60,000 could be affected in the coming weeks. DFID is funding a £10 million package to help fight the cholera outbreak and support life-saving health services.
Tackling this outbreak represents a major coordinated international effort, led by the World Health Organisation and UNICEF with support from a wide range of bilateral partners (including USAID, ECHO, the Netherlands, Japan, Switzerland, France, Canada and Australia) and local and international NGO's. The response is co-ordinated in Harare and the UK is actively engaged.
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether it is the Government's policy to support calls for a suspension of Zimbabwe from the Kimberley Process for diamonds. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Reports of violence and state-sponsored murder in and around Marange diamond mine are a major cause for concern. The UK Government, who are represented in the Kimberley Process by the European Union (EU), is working with their partners, the diamond industry and civil society groups, to investigate this illegal trade and stem the flow of illicit diamonds from Zimbabwe.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of distribution of humanitarian aid in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis:
Deliberate aid obstruction (in the form of a government ban on NGO activities) was a feature of the election period in 2008. This coupled with long-term policy failures and economic mismanagement
by the government of Zimbabwe means that the country is facing its largest ever cholera epidemic and over five million peoplein this highly fertile countryare receiving international food assistance.
Occasional localised instances of humanitarian obstruction can never be entirely ruled out but, according to latest UN reporting, there have been no impediments to humanitarian access reported by partner organisations on the ground in recent weeks. The UN monitors this situation closely and is quick to respond to any problems with obstruction or political interference in aid delivery.
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many UK humanitarian workers have been refused visas to enter Zimbabwe since November 2008; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The UK Government generally do not consider the Government of Zimbabwe to be a credible development or humanitarian partner and we do not receive systematic reports on visa and other issues related to humanitarian work. However, there have been a number of reports of international NGO workers being refused or having difficulty in securing temporary employment permits which allow for longer stays.
This kind of behaviour is unfortunately symptomatic of a Government which has little or no regard for the welfare of its people. We are working as part of a co-ordinated international effort to tackle the worst cholera crisis in Zimbabwe's history, to provide food aid to over 5 million people and to meet other basic humanitarian needs. As part of this, any obstructive behaviour by the Government of Zimbabwe will be raised with them directly through UN channels.
Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to which (a) charities and (b) voluntary organisations his Department has provided funding in the last five years; and how much funding was provided to each. 
Angela Eagle: The Treasury does not provide any direct funding to charities or voluntary organisations. Government funding for a charity or voluntary organisation would be delivered through the Department with policy responsibility for the area in which the organisation operates.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average period between approval of an application for child benefit and the first benefit payment was in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average time taken to process applications for child benefit in the most recent period for which information is available; and what steps he plans to take to reduce that time. 
Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will publish the names of those on the inter-departmental working group set up to look into the repair of church buildings and the bodies they represent. 
Yvette Cooper: Following the commitment made in Budget 2007 to examine how the Government can help churches and heritage buildings, officials and Ministers from: HM Treasury; Communities and Local Government; the Office of the Third Sector; the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have met with the Church of England Archbishops Council to consider ways in which church buildings might benefit from existing departmental programmes in order to support the Governments community objectives.
Yvette Cooper: Good progress continues to be made in taking forward the Clear Line of Sight project. The Government submitted an initial Memorandum to Parliament in November 2008, setting out the high level principles and proposals underpinning the project. The Government plan to submit formal proposals in a second Memorandum to Parliament in due course, reflecting comments received from the Parliamentary Committees on its initial proposals, as well as the outcome of an external consultation exercise conducted during the autumn of 2008.
Ian Pearson: The Chancellor maintains regular contact with international financial institutions. As President of the G20, the UK is actively working with the International Monetary Fund to strengthen international macro-economic and financial surveillance.
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which (a) food and (b) drinks suppliers have been used by his Department in each of the last three years; and how much his Department paid to each such supplier in each of those years. 
Angela Eagle: The catering company providing facilities within the Treasury is contracted under the Departments PFI contract and not directly employed by the Department. The contractors suppliers and amounts spent are commercially sensitive and are not available for publication.
Justine Greening: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what IT systems used by his Department access data from the central Frameworks Database; and what the stated purpose of each system is; 
To receive payment and account for tax and other liabilities; to process declarations for C and E taxes, duties etc; to update customer records; and to take the correct action to bring in late returns and payments.
Automated system that issues CTF vouchers and tracks the opening of trust fund accounts on behalf of children born after 31 August 2002. Introduced in 2005. Service/costs include the CTF Index, originally built as a migration tool for CB2, but now used to automatically validate children in relation to claims for Child Tax Credit. This service matches Child Benefit Computer System personal details data against Citizen Identity framework to identify or create records for adults and children on CID.
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