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House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 11 Jun 2007 (pt 0004)

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Imputed UK Share of Multilateral Net ODA/OA by institution for 2004 and 2005: £000 Country EC UN World Bank Other Multilateral Total

2004

Guinea

2,602

1,030

850

169

4,650

Guinea-Bissau

978

313

606

152

2,048

Liberia

2,102

503

-

182

2,787

Mali

8,088

840

1,653

2,552

13,133

Mauritania

3,330

372

985

456

5,143

Senegal

4,079

624

3,930

3,949

12,583

Sierra Leone

4,477

1,257

927

2,459

9,120

2005

Guinea

1,062

1,097

2,089

-117

4,131

Guinea-Bissau

1,135

384

944

54

2,517

Liberia

3,699

1,248

-

375

5,322

Mali

9,106

759

8,085

871

18,821

Mauritania

1,033

580

3,195

-53

4,755

Senegal

2,288

749

12,551

991

16,578

Sierra Leone

5,978

1,328

3,785

644

11,736


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UK funding to multilateral institutions cannot be directly attributed to any country; the estimates above are imputed shares based on the UK's total funding for each institution, and that institution's distribution of official development assistance (ODA) and official aid each year.

ODA is defined as flows administered with the promotion of economic development and welfare of developing countries as their main objective, that are concessional in character and convey a grant element of at least 25 per cent. Aid to countries on Part 1 of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of aid recipients is eligible to be recorded as ODA. Official aid (OA) has the same concessional and qualitative features as ODA but covers aid to countries on Part 2 of the DAC list of recipients. (Note: From 2005 Part 2 of the DAC list of recipients ceased to exist and aid to countries on a new combined list of DAC list of recipients of official development assistance is eligible to be recorded as ODA).

The list of multilateral organisations used to produce this table is not exhaustive; only multilaterals who provide the DAC with detailed information about their distribution of funds, and to whom the UK provided funds, were analysed in the production of this table.

Negatives represent accounting adjustments, not a net flow to the UK; zero figures are indicated with a dash.

Overseas Aid: Energy

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether any of the funding provided by his Department to the World Bank in each of the last three years was allocated to the energy sector. [140747]

Hilary Benn: The World Bank's fiscal year runs from 1 July to 30 June each year. For fiscal year 2004 (starting 1 July 2003) the Bank lent $1.05 billion for energy projects. This amount increased to $1.9 billion in fiscal year 2005 and $3.1 billion in fiscal year 2006. Figures are not yet available for Fiscal Year 2007.

The UK has provided £1.65 billion in core contributions to the World Bank's International Development Association since 1 April 2003. Annual payments from the UK and other bank shareholders are just one source of finance drawn upon by the bank to provide loans and credits to developing countries. Therefore, it is not possible to say precisely what proportion of the UK's contribution was spent on energy programmes, but it is highly likely that some of it was allocated to the energy sector.

At the Gleneagles summit in 2005, the UK secured G8 agreement that the World Bank should lead on establishing a new clean energy investment framework (CEIF) that would operate across the international financing system. The aim of this framework is to accelerate and catalyse public and private sector investments in cleaner energy in developing countries.

House of Commons Commission

Palace of Westminster: Smoking

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether legislation covering smoking in
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public places will be applied to the Palace of Westminster and all its outbuildings within the Parliamentary estate. [141621]

Nick Harvey: As I said in my reply to the hon. Member for Aberdeen, North (Mr. Doran) on 20 March 2007, Official Report, column 757W:

    “The Health Act 2006 introduces a ban on smoking in workplaces and enclosed or substantially enclosed public places from 1 July 2007. While the Act does not formally apply on the parliamentary estate, the Commission, on the advice of the Administration Committee, has decided that the House should comply with the principles of the legislation, as it is not desirable that those who work on or visit the parliamentary estate should be treated differently in this respect than in other workplaces and public places. The Commission recognises, however, that many who work on the estate are unavoidably present for long periods, particularly when the House is sitting. It is therefore desirable to make reasonable provision for those who wish to smoke to do so, provided that the health and safety of other users of the estate is not adversely affected.

    With these principles in mind, the Commission has decided that smoking should cease to be permitted from 1 July 2007 in all internal areas of the House of Commons estate, including in bars and private offices. From that date smoking will, however, be permitted in four designated external areas: the Terrace, Commons Court (North West corner), North Terrace (between Portcullis House and Norman Shaw South), and in a designated area on the west side of Canon Row courtyard. Cigarette receptacles will be provided in these areas. “No Smoking” signs will be displayed at entrances to the buildings. I understand that the House of Lords Administration and Works Committee will report its recommendations shortly on the smoking policy for the Lords part of the Parliamentary Estate.”

I understand that the House of Lords agreed to the recommended policy on Wednesday 9 May.

Solicitor-General

Departments: Buildings

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Solicitor-General what the (a) rental and (b) other accommodation costs were for premises occupied by the (i) Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission and (ii) Public Prosecutions Service in 2006-07. [141248]

The Solicitor-General: The costs for the Public Prosecution Service for the year in question were as follows:

£

Rent

1,917,014

Rates

412,029

Shared Charges

275,282

Electricity

151,228


I am informed by the Ministry of Justice that the rental and other accommodation costs for premises occupied by the Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission since its establishment are set out in the following table.

£ 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

Premises Rental

114

250

251

272

Other Accommodation Costs:

147

245

251

265


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Cleaning

11

27

30

30

Other Building Costs

31

11

8

23

Service Charges

43

63

61

97

Electricity

15

27

29

32

Rates

47

117

123

83

Other

Telephone Costs

8

26

19

23

Insurance

10

23

8

3

Equipment and furniture

11

7

6

11

Rental and maintenance of equipment

0

2

21

23

Total

290

553

556

596


Mr. Dodds: To ask the Solicitor-General what the (a) rental and (b) other accommodation costs were for premises occupied by the (i) Department of the Director of Public Prosecutions and (ii) Police Central Process Offices in the last five financial years. [141249]

The Solicitor-General: The rental and other accommodation costs for the Department of the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland and then the Public Prosecution Service over the last five years are as follows:

£

2006-07

Rent

1,917,014

Rates

412,029

Shared Charges

275,282

Electricity

151,228

2005-06

Rent

1,463,368

Rates

391,098

Shared Charges

235,579

Electricity

126,702

2004-05

Rent

1,084,031

Rates

379,165

Shared Charges

207,140

Electricity

101,604

2003-04

Rent

891,946

Rates

355904

Shared Charges

324,371

Electricity

74,351

2002-03

Rent

467,344

Rates

184,835

Shared Charges

314,830

Electricity

31,174


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