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Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of his Department’s contribution to Public Service Agreements (a) 3, (b) 25, (c) 27 and (d) 30. (197773)

The 30 new public service agreements (PSA) set out the key priority outcomes the Government want to achieve in the 2008-11 spending period. The Department for International Development (DFID) is a formal delivery partner for the PSAs on climate change (PSA 27) and conflict prevention (PSA 30). In addition, through our work on poverty reduction, the Department will contribute to delivery of the PSAs on migration (PSA 3) and counter-terrorism (PSA 26).

PSA 27

In consultation with others, we are helping to design a suite of multi-donor climate investment funds to reduce poverty through action on climate change. These will be launched in 2008 and will be capitalised by funds from the £800 million in the international window of the UK’s Environmental Transformation Fund. In addition, we are supporting the Global Environment Facility (GEF), multilateral development banks’ Clean Energy Investment Framework and UN Special Adaptation Funds, and working to address the information and knowledge gaps relating to climate change impacts in Africa. We will also be looking to address climate change through our bilateral programmes, such as in China and Bangladesh.

PSA 30

Many of the countries and regions which are the focus of the new conflict prevention PSA are priorities for DFID. Reducing poverty in these fragile and conflict-affected states is essential to tackle the conditions in which conflict emerges and to achieve the MDGs. DFID is increasing levels of funding to fragile and conflict affected countries. In addition to these efforts, DFID is working with FCO and MOD to help prevent, manage and resolve conflict through the Conflict Prevention Pool (CPP) and the Stabilisation Aid Fund (SAF). The total value of these funds is set to rise from £139m (2007-08) to £229 million (2010-11). The PSA also focuses on building more effective international institutions. DFID has been working with FCO and MOD to strengthen the UN’s capacity to prevent conflict and build peace, and has committed funds of more than £50 million over three years to the Peacebuilding Fund, the Peacebuilding Support Office and UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery.

PSA 3

DFID is contributing £35 million to a new cross-government Returns and Reintegration Fund led by the FCO. The Fund will be headed by a DFID staff member and DFID country teams will be contributing their expertise to make sure fund projects are as effective as they can be.

PSA 26

Within the parameters of the International Development Act, our programme will make a positive contribution to the Government’s counter-radicalisation effort. In November, the Prime Minister publicly committed DFID, FCO and the British Council to spending

“around £400 million over the next three years....to tackle radicalisation and promote understanding overseas”.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the likely date for the next update of progress on indicators (a) 1, (b) 2, (c) 3, (d) 4 and (e) 7 associated with Public Service Agreement 29. (197774)

The first planned reporting round relevant to the reporting of Public Service Agreement (PSA) 29 is the 2008 Autumn Performance Report, which is usually published in November or December.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made towards his Department’s April deadline for establishing the baseline data for the eight indicators associated with Public Service Agreement 29. (197775)

Official international data showing progress towards the millennium development goals (MDG) indicators, which are published by the United Nations, will be used to set the baseline position for the eight indicators associated with public service agreement 29. These data were last published in July 2007. We expect an update of the data in June or July.