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Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the performance of the Special Purchase of Evacuated Dwellings Scheme against its objectives; and if he will make a statement. 
Paul Goggins: The Special Purchase of Evacuated Dwellings Scheme is a matter for the Northern Ireland Executive. The scheme is operated by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive which is funded by the Department for Social Development.
Maria Eagle: No expenditure has been spent in each of the last 12 months by the Government Equalities Office in promoting the UK's policies for women's rights in developing countries. This area of responsibility lies with the Department for International Development-12 October 2009, Official Report, column 84W.
The UK Government are strongly committed to promoting and protecting women's rights, as evidenced by the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1986.
In addition, the UK actively participates in the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meetings in New York. At its 50th session in 2006, actions were agreed that member states and civil society actors should undertake in order to enhance the participation of women in development.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which companies are under contract to his Department to provide mail services; and when each such contract expires. 
Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2009, Official Report, column 1379W, on Pakistan: internally displaced persons, to which humanitarian agencies and for which projects his Department has allocated funds. 
Mr. Michael Foster: The following table shows the Department for International Development's allocation of funding to humanitarian agencies and projects in support of internally displaced people in Pakistan.
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|Breakdown of contribution to UN/NGOs for Pakistan humanitarian response|
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The UK has committed an additional £10 million to help people displaced by the fighting in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. This commitment will be distributed through the UN to aid agencies working in NWFP. This assistance will support early recovery to provide food, water emergency shelter and other critical humanitarian help to those most in need.
Mr. Michael Foster: The conflict that ended in January made worse an already extremely serious humanitarian situation. Today, more than nine months on, 75 per cent. of Gazans still rely on some form of food aid and over 60 per cent. do not have daily access to water. The onset of winter will further affect those whose homes remain damaged or destroyed since the end of the conflict.
Since the start of the conflict in December 2008, the UK has pledged almost £47 million for immediate humanitarian assistance, early recovery and reconstruction. Whilst some basic humanitarian assistance has been entering Gaza, access constraints have severely hampered early recovery and reconstruction efforts. The UK will continue to press the Israeli Government for the provision of full, immediate and unhindered access for aid, aid workers and reconstruction materials, in line with fundamental humanitarian principles.
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 28 October 2009, Official Report, columns 16-17WS, on St. Helena, on what date he expects to respond to the consultation on options for access to the island; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Michael Foster: The consultation report, available on the Department for International Development's website, contains an annex listing all recent representations made to the Secretary of State regarding access to St. Helena.
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many bus drivers have been assaulted by passengers in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Khan: In the period prior to the granting of Royal Assent for the Crossrail Act in July 2008, Crossrail Ltd. (CRL), formerly Cross London Rail Links (CLRL), and the Department for Transport (DFT) spent £166 million in preparation for Crossrail. This figure includes the costs incurred by CRL and DFT in support of the Crossrail Act 2008 and related agreements and DFT's financial, legal and technical consultancy fees in support of the parliamentary process and agreements.
From the establishment of CLRL in 2001 up to the granting of Royal Assent in July 2008, the combined expenditure by CLRL and CRL in relation to the costs of Crossrail works, including expenditure on design and land acquisition, was £227 million.
Chris Mole: The strategy for introducing the flexible benefits programme is based on existing HMRC approved schemes in support of government policy and outcomes on, for example, wellbeing and the environment. A project plan is in place governing the delivery of the programme.
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Mr. Todd: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps his Department is taking to implement the efficiency recommendations of the Operational Efficiency Programme relating to his Department; and what training is available to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department in respect of the delivery of value for money savings. 
Chris Mole: The Department for Transport is committed to participating fully in the work of the Government's Operational Efficiency Programme and we have recently taken part in the government-wide benchmarking exercise of several corporate functions.
To complement this, we have set in hand further work to review our corporate functions and to lead our transformation programme. In line with the recommendations of the Operational Efficiency Programme, I have assumed responsibility as the Minister responsible for overseeing delivery of value for money in the Department.
The Department offers a wide range of learning and development opportunities to support the delivery of value for money savings, and this ensures that appropriate training is available to all who require it.
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