11. Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent assessment is of the humanitarian situation in camps for internally displaced persons in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Michael Foster: The formal military conflict between the Government of Sri Lanka and LTTE has now ended. The entire humanitarian caseload of 280,000 IDPs are now in camps under the control of the GoSL. The humanitarian response is moving from an emergency to a maintenance phase and basic living conditions are slowly improving. However, the lack of activity permitted such as freedom of movement remains of concern. Early return of the IDPs to their homes is vital.
12. Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his latest assessment is of the effectiveness of his Department's projects to support economic development in the Palestinian West Bank. 
Mr. Michael Foster: In 2008, the Department for International Development (DFID) funded two conferences aimed at encouraging investment in Palestine. UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) is now working with various stakeholders on conference follow-up and will be supporting a scoping mission to the West Bank in October.
In partnership with the World Bank, we are also supporting the Palestinian private sector through the Facility for New Market Development (FNMD), which is currently helping 138 companies (115 in the West Bank) to develop new products and/or enter new markets. FNMD clients have already developed four new products and entered 13 new international markets.
13. Mr. Andy Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of faith organisations to his Department's work with civil society in developing countries. 
Faith organisations play a direct and vital role tackling poverty in poor countries, providing essential services and humanitarian assistance. They are able to undertake
inward and outward advocacy, mobilising support and helping change attitudes and behaviour of members on issues such as HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and the role of women.
Mr. Thomas: The Department for International Development (DFID) supports Sahrawi refugees through its share of the budget of the European Community Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) and its £19 million contributions to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), for its work with refugees across the world. In 2008, ECHO committed to provide €10 million to support Sahrawi refugees, while UNHCR spent $3.1 million in their support.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to discuss with his G8 counterparts their plans to meet their commitments on (a) assistance to Africa, made at the Tokyo G8 summit in July 2008 and (b) reducing the spread of infectious diseases. 
Mr. Thomas: I discussed these and other matters with my G8 development Minister counterparts in Rome on 11-12 June 2009. This meeting reaffirmed G8 commitments on Official Development Assistance (ODA) and international assistance confirmed at the G8 summit last year in Japan. The G8, under the presidency of Italy, is continuing its focus on Africa. Global health, including reducing the spread of infectious diseases, also remains a priority concern.
With less than three weeks until the G8 summit in July, discussions on the G8 development agenda, including meeting our commitments, are frequent and ongoing and taking place at ministerial and official level. They will be further discussed during the G8 Sherpa preparatory meetings scheduled for next week. The UK Government remain determined to meet their commitments to Africa and to fighting infectious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and polio and working towards the goal of universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. We are pressing our G8 colleagues to do likewise.
Mr. Leigh: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many days on average his Departments professional staff worked in rural areas in the last 12 months period for which information is available. 
Mr. Thomas: The Department for International Development (DFID) has around 277 professional advisers posted in developing countries. The majority of our overseas staff are deliberately based in capitals, to facilitate our discussions with host governments, donors, and non-governmental organisations, including agricultural and rural sector reform. Staff regularly travel to rural areas, but we do not collate information on such visits.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what development assistance his Department is providing to (a) the government of national unity in Sudan and (b) the government of Southern Sudan. 
Mr. Thomas: The UK Government do not transfer funds directly to the Government of National Unity (GNU) or the Government of South Sudan (GoSS). Most UK aid to Sudan is channelled through UN and World Bank managed multi-donor pooled funds, such as the Multi-Donor Trust Funds (MDTFs) in support of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, to which we have contributed £74.6 million since 2005 and through non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2009, Official Report, column 185W, on crime, how many incidents of street drinking were recorded in each police force area in 2007-08. 
Alan Johnson: The Home Office does not centrally collect data on incidents of street drinking. You may wish to view the data on consumption within a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) which is provided in the table.
Within a DPPO area it is not an offence to consume alcohol. The offence is committed when a person, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with a requirement of a police constable to refrain from consuming alcohol (Section 12 (4) of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001).
485 in 2004, 712 in 2005, 1,061 in 2006 and 1,544 in 2007.
|Nu mber of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts, found guilty, and issued with a level 2 fine( 1) at all courts for offences relating to the Police Reform Act 2002 Sch.4 Para.5 (Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 S.12). Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 in England and Wales, 2003 - 07( 2,3,4)|
|Fine amount( 5)|
|Proceeded against||Found guilty||Total fines||Fines up to £200||Fines over £200 and up to £500|
|(1) A level 2 fine does not specify a minimum fine amount, only the statutory maximum for the given offence; therefore all fines in the above table could be classed as level 2 fines. There are a number of factors including the defendants ability to pay that will affect the courts decision to impose a fine and fine amounts should not solely be taken as an indication of the seriousness of the offence or offender.|
(2) These data are on the principal offence basis.
(3) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts, and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
(4) Includes the following statutes and corresponding offence descriptions:
Police Reform Act 2002 Sch.4 Para.5 (Criminal Justice & Police Act 2001 S.12). Criminal Justice & Police Act 2001 S12.
Contravene a community support officers requirement not to consume liquor.
Penalty offence under S.1 Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001alcohol consumption in designated public places.
(5) Following quality assurance checks, one fine amount in 2003 has been removed. This amount was greater than the maximum permissible fine. Therefore the number of fines and the fine amount totals in 2003 will not match each other.
OCJRE & A: Office for Criminal Justice ReformEvidence and Analysis Unit
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 10 July 2008, Official Report, columns 1767-8W, on genetics: databases, what proportion of DNA records of people (a) arrested but not charged for an offence, (b) arrested, charged but not convicted of an offence and (c) arrested, charged and convicted of an offence have resulted in matches with crime scene profiles. 
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa applications from (a) Pakistan and (b) Afghanistan have been rejected by the Abu Dhabi hub after being forwarded for clearance by the entry clearance officers in Islamabad (i) in each of the last five years and (ii) since 27 October 2008. 
Alan Johnson: No visa applications were forwarded by entry clearance officers in Islamabad to the visa section in Abu Dhabi for assessment before 27 October 2008. Between 27 October 2008 and 31 May 2009, 18,036 of the applications that have been forwarded from Pakistan have been refused. These include applications from both Pakistani and Afghan nationals.
These figures do not constitute part of National Statistics as they are based on internal management information. The information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols, should be treated as provisional and is subject to change.
Alan Johnson: All entry clearance officers recruited for long-term postings undertake a mandatory three week training course from the central training team in the UK. In addition to the central training, newly recruited officers in both Pakistan and Abu Dhabi receive additional training and mentoring over a minimum three month basis from experienced officers and managers already at post. Locally engaged entry clearance officers remain on probation for this three month period. At the end of the three month period, officers are assessed against objective performance benchmarks to inform their future training and development needs.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa applications for entry into the UK have been made in Afghanistan (a) in each of the last five years and (b) since 27 October 2008. 
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa applications have been checked for fraud by entry clearance officers in Islamabad (a) in each of the last five years and (b) since 27 October 2008. 
Prior to 27 October 2008, Entry Clearance Officers in Pakistan conducted passport forgery checks in all cases that had been approved for issue and document verification teams augmented this by checking supporting documents. Since 27 October 2008 the passport forgery check has been extended to all applications and supporting document verification takes place in over 80 per cent. of applications.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa applications for entry into the UK have been made in Pakistan in (a) each of the last five years and (b) since 27 October 2008. 
|Visa applications lodged in Pakistan|
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