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Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many members of staff in his Department were dismissed (a) for under-performance and (b) in total in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Michael Foster: A competitive tender process to contract a managing organisation to implement the new Department for International Development (DFID) Community Linking scheme is under way. Once a managing organisation has been contracted and has worked with DFID on early inception plans, DFID will launch the scheme.
Andrew Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department plans to take to assist least developed countries with their debt repayments in the current economic situation. 
Mr. Michael Foster: The Department for International Development (DFID) has re-oriented its programmes to minimise the impact of the crisis on the poorest. We help countries through our country programmes, for example through social protection programmes, and by working through multilateral organisations. We have also ensured that the recent G20 summit agreed important measures to support growth in low-income countries, such as providing $50 billion to support social protection, boost trade and safeguard development. Many countries have benefited from exceptional debt relief under the heavily indebted poor countries initiative (HIPC). Through our country programmes we are providing budget support to certain selected countries which helps them to manage their budgets.
Andrew Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he plans to take in response to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Secretary-Generals request for a temporary moratorium on debt servicing for developing nations; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Michael Foster:
The UK Government believe that existing mechanisms provide a thorough basis for dealing with developing countries debts. The heavily indebted poor countries initiative and the multilateral
debt relief initiative provide comprehensive debt relief for the poorest, most heavily indebted countries committed to poverty reduction. 35 countries are currently receiving debt relief; of which 24 have received irrevocable debt cancellation.
Any country that experiences debt problems can also approach the Paris Club. This informal group of 19 sovereign creditors, which includes the UK, agrees new arrangements with countries facing difficulties through rescheduling and, for the poorest, partial cancellation.
Mr. Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is providing (a) directly and (b) via non-governmental organisations to alleviate conditions of poverty in North Korea. 
Mr. Michael Foster: The Department for International Development (DFID) does not have, and has never had, a bilateral development programme in North Korea. Any DFID assistance is solely focussed on alleviating the suffering of the people of North Korea. We are currently contributing to the EUs programme of humanitarian assistance.
Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library a copy of the Quick Impact Project Evaluation report published by the Stabilisation Unit in March 2008. 
Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much and what percentage of development aid was spent on projects related to population growth and reproductive and sexual health and rights in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07, (e) 2007-08 and (f) 2008-09. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: A summary of the Department for International Development's (DFID) bilateral expenditure and an estimate of DFID multilateral expenditure spent directly on funding projects related to population growth and reproductive sexual health is provided in the following table. These figures exclude expenditure on wider health initiatives which will also lead to improved development outcomes in these areas.
|DFID bilateral expenditure (£ million)||Imputed DFID multilateral share (£ million)||Total (£ million)||Total as percentage of overall DFID expenditure excluding administration costs|
Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what bilateral aid his Department provided for projects concerned with sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV/AIDS in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07, (e) 2007-08 and (f) 2008-09. 
|DFID bilateral expenditure on sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS|
|DFID bilateral expenditure ( £000 )|
Details of DFID's 2008-09 expenditure are not yet available but will be published in the 2009 annual report in July. The most recently available data can be found in Statistics on International Development 2008, which is available in the Library of the House and online at
Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what payments his Department made to (a) United Nations Population Fund, (b) World Health Organisation, (c) UNICEF, (d) UNAIDS, (e) International Planned Parenthood Federation, (f) Marie Stopes International, (g) Interact Worldwide and (h) Women and Children First UK in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05, (iii) 2005-06, (iv) 2006-07, (v) 2007-08 and (vi) 2008-09; and if he will make a statement. 
Marie Stopes International (MSI) (funding for four projects): £1,913,914 (2006-12)
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF): £42,999,990 (2008-13)
Interact Worldwide (funding for eight projects): £3,861,233 (2004-13)
Women and Children First UK: £49,893 (2007-09)
DFID does not have a breakdown by financial year of the support we give to NGO projects. Information on country level contributions to the UN agencies and NGO's could not be provided without incurring disproportionate costs.
Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what expenditure his Department incurred on reproductive health commodities in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07, (e) 2007-08 and (f) 2008-09. 
Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the government of Sri Lanka on (a) freedom of movement of individuals in the camps for those internally displaced as a result of the recent conflict and (b) plans to return such people to their home areas. 
Mr. Michael Foster: I have repeatedly pressed the Government of Sri Lanka to improve conditions in the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps and to abide by international humanitarian standards, including freedom of movement to leave the camps. We have also continually held the Government of Sri Lanka to its stated obligation to return at least 80 per cent. of the IDPs by the end of this year.
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