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177981
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star this property date less than 2015-02-04more like thismore than 2015-02-04
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading Passive Smoking more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of people who died as a result of passive smoking in each of the last five years. more like this
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Lord Laird more like this
star this property uin HL4692 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction true more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Exposure to secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard. More than 50 carcinogens have been identified in secondhand smoke.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The report of the United States Surgeon General titled “<em>The health consequences of involuntary exposure to tobacco smoke”</em> concluded that secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease in children and adults who do not smoke. The scientific evidence indicates that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, ear problems and more severe asthma. Smoking by parents causes respiratory symptoms and slows lung growth in children. Exposure of adults to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and causes coronary heart disease and lung cancer. Legislation to stop smoking in vehicles carrying children will come into force in England on 1 October 2015.</p><p> </p><p><br /> The report of the Royal College of <ins class="ministerial">Physicians </ins><del class="ministerial">Surgeons</del> titled “<em>Going smoke-free: The medical case for clean air in the home, at work and in public places”</em> included estimates that secondhand smoke exposure caused approximately 12<del class="ministerial">2</del>,200 deaths in the United Kingdom in 2003, and that the majority of these deaths occurred as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke in the home. These estimates were made prior to the introduction of smokefree legislation in England in 2007. Over the past decade, the proportion of smokers who say that they do not smoke in the home has increased.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The evidence is clear that smokefree legislation in England has had beneficial effects on health, as set out in the report “<em>The Impact of smokefree legislation in England: evidence review”</em> which was published alongside the Government’s <em>“Tobacco Control Plan for England”</em> in March 2011.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The reports referred to have been placed in the Library.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
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less than 2015-02-17T16:08:25.233Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-17T16:08:25.233Z
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less than 2015-03-12T12:34:25.527Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-12T12:34:25.527Z
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2000
star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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45462
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
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2000
star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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2479
star this property label Biography information for Lord Laird more like this
176946
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-02-02more like thismore than 2015-02-02
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Small Businesses: Productivity more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the productivity of small businesses. more like this
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Lord Harrison more like this
star this property uin HL4576 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Government policy focuses on delivering growth which in turn depends on productivity in the longer term.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We have already set out our four key growth ambitions: creating the most competitive tax system in the G20, making the UK the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business, encouraging investment and exports, and creating a more educated workforce. And through our industrial strategy, the whole of government is taking a long-term strategic approach to working in partnership with businesses to increase global competitiveness, support innovation and maximise export potential.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The right tax environment is vital to help businesses flourish so we have cut the main rate of Corporation Tax from 28% to 21% and announced further cuts to 20% by 2015 – the joint lowest rate in the G20 major economies. We have helped businesses with the cost of hiring staff by introducing a new Employer Allowance which cuts £2,000 from the National Insurance bills of small firms. To support small businesses in local communities, the ‘high street discount’ for around 300,000 shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants will go up from £1,000 to £1,500, from April 2015 to March 2016. This is in addition to doubling Small Business Rate Relief for a further year which means 380,000 of the smallest businesses will pay no rates at all.</p><p> </p><p><br> <br></p><p> </p><p>R&amp;D Tax Credits are the single largest Government support for business investment in R&amp;D. They are designed to encourage greater R&amp;D spend by business leading, in turn, to greater investment in innovation and improved products and processes. The rate of relief under the SME scheme is one of the most competitive rates in the world and, at Autumn Statement 2014, was increased from 225% to 230% of qualifying R&amp;D expenditure from April 2015. Innovate UK is the Government’s prime channel for supporting business-led technology innovation. It delivers a range of programmes in support of businesses undertaking R&amp;D including Collaborative R&amp;D, Smart and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. Innovate UK also provides opportunities for innovative businesses through the growing network of Catapult centres. Under the Coalition Government, Innovate UK, with partner and business contributions, has invested around £3.5 billion in innovation projects across the UK.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>More businesses are getting access to the finance they need to start up and grow with Start-Up Loans offered to over 25,000 businesses; so far lending over £129 million. The British Business Bank has facilitated £890m of new lending and investment to over 21,000 small businesses in the year to the end of September 2014. And we have facilitated over £1.67 billion of lending to over 16,000 small businesses since May 2010, through our Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme. We have brought together all Government advice and support in one place at GREATbusiness.gov.uk, where the ‘My Business Support Tool’ helps businesses find the support they need quickly, and businesses can speak to or webchat with a helpline adviser direct using the Business Support helpline. Businesses can also access our new Business Growth Service on the website, which brings together expert advice to improve and grow in one place, including Growth Accelerator, the Manufacturing Advisory Service, and export advice and finance.</p><p> </p><p>Small businesses have less regulation to follow with a £10 billion cumulative net saving to businesses as a result of our deregulation work. Through the Red Tape Challenge, we have reviewed over 5,600 regulations and identified 3,000 to scrap or improve. We are on track to surpass our target of saving business £850 million per year.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>And around 48,000 businesses have been helped by our UKTI support – of which 90% were small businesses. This support helped generate additional sales of over £49 billion and created or safeguarded over 220,000 jobs over the last year.<br> <br></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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less than 2015-02-17T15:53:23.607Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-17T15:53:23.607Z
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4284
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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2488
star this property label Biography information for Lord Harrison more like this
176983
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-02-02more like thismore than 2015-02-02
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Female Genital Mutilation more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bates on 19 December (HL3453, HL3455 and HL3456), whether the multi-agency guidelines to support better co-ordination of guidance on protecting girls from female genital mutilation have any relationship to public agencies in Scotland; and if not, what coordination exists between those guidelines and the guidelines that operate in Scotland. more like this
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Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale more like this
star this property uin HL4613 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to tackling female genital mutilation (FGM). The multi-agency practice guidelines on FGM are designed for application in England <br>and Wales. The guidelines include a weblink to information on the Scottish Government’s work on FGM. <br><br>The 42 joint protocols between the police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service apply in England and Wales only.<br><br>The 2007 and 2014 prevalence studies part-funded by the Home Office cover the number of girls and women affected by FGM in England and Wales. The full version of the 2014 study including data disaggregated at a local level in England and Wales will be published shortly.<br><br>The Government’s new specialist FGM Unit will work in consultation with partners in Scotland, as appropriate, to ensure a joined up approach to tackling FGM across the UK.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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HL4614 more like this
HL4615 more like this
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less than 2015-02-17T15:44:16.847Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-17T15:44:16.847Z
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1091
star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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4168
star this property label Biography information for Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale more like this
176984
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star this property date less than 2015-02-02more like thismore than 2015-02-02
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Female Genital Mutilation more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bates on 19 December (HL3453, HL3455 and HL3456), whether any of the 42 joint protocols between the police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service have any impact in Scotland; and whether any joint protocol has been established between police and prosecution services in England and Wales and in Scotland. more like this
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Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale more like this
star this property uin HL4614 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to tackling female genital mutilation (FGM). The multi-agency practice guidelines on FGM are designed for application in England <br>and Wales. The guidelines include a weblink to information on the Scottish Government’s work on FGM. <br><br>The 42 joint protocols between the police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service apply in England and Wales only.<br><br>The 2007 and 2014 prevalence studies part-funded by the Home Office cover the number of girls and women affected by FGM in England and Wales. The full version of the 2014 study including data disaggregated at a local level in England and Wales will be published shortly.<br><br>The Government’s new specialist FGM Unit will work in consultation with partners in Scotland, as appropriate, to ensure a joined up approach to tackling FGM across the UK.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
HL4613 more like this
HL4615 more like this
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less than 2015-02-17T15:44:18.627Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-17T15:44:18.627Z
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1091
star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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4168
star this property label Biography information for Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale more like this
176985
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-02-02more like thismore than 2015-02-02
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Female Genital Mutilation more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bates on 19 December (HL3453, HL3455 and HL3456), whether any of the data collected in studies funded by the Home Office covers the whole of the United Kingdom or just England and Wales; and whether any United Kingdom-wide data has been disaggregated for the four nations of the United Kingdom. more like this
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Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale more like this
star this property uin HL4615 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to tackling female genital mutilation (FGM). The multi-agency practice guidelines on FGM are designed for application in England <br>and Wales. The guidelines include a weblink to information on the Scottish Government’s work on FGM. <br><br>The 42 joint protocols between the police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service apply in England and Wales only.<br><br>The 2007 and 2014 prevalence studies part-funded by the Home Office cover the number of girls and women affected by FGM in England and Wales. The full version of the 2014 study including data disaggregated at a local level in England and Wales will be published shortly.<br><br>The Government’s new specialist FGM Unit will work in consultation with partners in Scotland, as appropriate, to ensure a joined up approach to tackling FGM across the UK.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
HL4613 more like this
HL4614 more like this
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less than 2015-02-17T15:44:18.72Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-17T15:44:18.72Z
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1091
star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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4168
star this property label Biography information for Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale more like this
177302
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star this property date less than 2015-02-03more like thismore than 2015-02-03
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Higher Education: Freedom of Expression more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to encourage student unions fully to support freedom of expression on university campuses. more like this
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Lord Storey more like this
star this property uin HL4669 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Government fully supports freedom of expression on university campuses.</p><p> </p><p>The Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill currently before Parliament proposes new measures to reduce the risk of terrorism; these measures, if agreed, will in turn reduce the threat terrorism poses to freedom of speech in universities and elsewhere. <em> </em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We encourage Student Unions to actively support freedom of expression on campus. The Government works with the National Union of Students and supports them in tackling those who promote hatred, discrimination or intolerance based on gender, faith or race to ensure that campuses are safe, welcoming environments where free debate and discussion can take place.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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less than 2015-02-17T16:24:16.537Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-17T16:24:16.537Z
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4284
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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4238
star this property label Biography information for Lord Storey more like this
177306
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star this property date less than 2015-02-03more like thismore than 2015-02-03
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Tourism: VAT more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to reduce VAT for tourism. more like this
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Lord Storey more like this
star this property uin HL4673 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Government currently has no plans to reduce VAT for tourism.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Deighton more like this
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less than 2015-02-17T15:56:55.417Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-17T15:56:55.417Z
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4262
star this property label Biography information for Lord Deighton more like this
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4238
star this property label Biography information for Lord Storey more like this
177972
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star this property date less than 2015-02-04more like thismore than 2015-02-04
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Further Education: Degrees more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the increase in the number of young people choosing to study for degrees at further education colleges as opposed to traditional universities. more like this
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Lord Storey more like this
star this property uin HL4683 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>An assessment of trends in entry to first degree courses at different types of Higher Education provider was included in the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s report “<em>Higher education in England 2014: Analysis of latest shifts and trends</em>”. The report is available at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="http://www.hefce.ac.uk/media/hefce/content/heinengland/2014report/HEinEngland_2014.pdf" target="_blank"><em>http://www.hefce.ac.uk/media/hefce/content/heinengland/2014report/HEinEngland_2014.pdf</em></a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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less than 2015-02-17T16:14:03.547Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-17T16:14:03.547Z
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4284
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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4238
star this property label Biography information for Lord Storey more like this
177975
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star this property date less than 2015-02-04more like thismore than 2015-02-04
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Malawi more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent floods in Malawi and the impact on the population both immediately and in relation to the damage to public services and the economy of Malawi. more like this
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Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale more like this
star this property uin HL4686 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>DFID has rapidly responded to the current floods in Malawi. Our response has been based on priorities identified through detailed assessments carried out by the United Nations and the Government of Malawi, validated by DFID officials on the ground. The floods are having a devastating impact on families, homes and livelihoods in the most affected areas. Recent assessments conducted by the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) now suggest that 104 people have died and 172 people are still missing. The number of people displaced to temporary shelters is now estimated at 230,000. DFID has responded to assist those in immediate need, particularly those now sheltering in Government and UN-coordinated displacement camps.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>According to figures from the Government of Malawi, approximately 415 schools have been affected by the floods, either by being damaged or due to their use as shelter by displaced communities. District Government Officials are working hard to coordinate with international support to help affected students resume their learning as soon as possible. Around 2% of Malawi’s arable land has been flooded and DFID is working with its partners in Malawi to ensure that affected households are supported with seeds and tools, to allow them to return to their land as the water subsides and to replant their crops.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The latest updates from the Malawi Department of Disaster Management Affairs and United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator can be found at: <a href="http://www.humanitarianresponse.info/operations/malawi" target="_blank">http://www.humanitarianresponse.info/operations/malawi</a></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Northover more like this
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less than 2015-02-17T16:03:41.127Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-17T16:03:41.127Z
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2539
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Northover more like this
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4168
star this property label Biography information for Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale more like this
177976
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star this property date less than 2015-02-04more like thismore than 2015-02-04
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Malawi more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support they have provided to the government of Malawi, international institutions or non-governmental organisations in response to the recent flooding in that country, broken down by organisation and amount. more like this
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Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale more like this
star this property uin HL4687 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The UK does not provide financial support to the Government of Malawi but we are working with the UN and our NGO partners in support of the Government’s Preliminary Response Plan. UN agencies and NGOs are the best mechanisms through which DFID can ensure quick delivery of UK aid to the people who need it most. We are working closely within the coordination structures established by the Government of Malawi and the UN to ensure our response evolves with the changing conditions on the ground. DFID Malawi will mobilise up to £4.1m to help meet the immediate needs of those affected by the floods, and to support early recovery to allow displaced persons to return to their homes and rebuild their livelihoods. Commitments so far include:</p><p> </p><p>· £1m to the World Food Programme which has enabled them to supply 370,000 with food for the coming weeks;</p><p> </p><p>· £665,000 to UNICEF to provide emergency water, sanitation and hygiene facilities to prevent the spread of disease in displacement camps;</p><p> </p><p>· £575,000 to a consortium of NGO’s led by Concern Universal, £240,000 to the Farmers’ Union of Malawi and £30,000 through our private sector programme to provide seeds and tools to smallholder farmers whose crops have been damaged by the floods. Funding for the Concern Universal consortium is also financing the delivery of food, blankets, and household utensils to the worst hit areas in the first week of the flooding, as well as solar lighting – which is essential for the safety and protection of those living in camps – and fuel-efficient cook-stoves with sustainably harvested firewood.</p><p> </p><p>· £800,000 through the UN Humanitarian Fund, in support of coordination, nutrition, protection and health activities – including support to the World Health Organisation to help prevent the outbreak of diseases and to provide reproductive health services to those living in displacement camps; and support to the International Organization of Migration to support camp management and coordination, and;</p><p> </p><p>· Up to £230,000 to support UN personnel to coordinate the response.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In addition, a number of NGOs have also accessed the Start Fund, a funding mechanism for delivering rapid humanitarian assistance which is jointly funded by the UK and Irish Governments. ActionAid, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide and Save the Children have used £350,000 from the fund to provide vital resources to those displaced by the floods.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>All of our partners who are directly receiving UK funds work with and through a range of national and international organisations, with strong and long-standing connections to communities on the ground.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Northover more like this
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less than 2015-02-17T16:03:54.043Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-17T16:03:54.043Z
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2539
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Northover more like this
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4168
star this property label Biography information for Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale more like this