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Baroness Masham of Ilton

Marie Stopes, China and withdrawal of DfID funding

Written Answer

7 Jan 2003

 

 

 

Reproductive Health: DfID Funding for International Organisations

Baroness Masham of Ilton asked Her Majesty's Government:


How much the Department for International Development gave in each of the past five years to (a) Marie Stopes International; (b) International Planned Parenthood Federation; (c) British Pregnancy Advisory Service; (d) Pregnancy Advisory Service; (e) United Nations Population Fund; and (f) Family Planning Association (United Kingdom) for the purposes of abortion;[HL477]
How much the Department for International Development gave in each of the past five years to (a) Marie Stopes International; (b) International


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Planned Parenthood Federation; (c) British Pregnancy Advisory Service; (d) Pregnancy Advisory Service; (e) United Nations Population Fund; and (f) Family Planning Association (United Kingdom) for the purposes of family planning;[HL478]
How much the Department for International Development gave in each of the past five years to (a) Marie Stopes International; (b) International Planned Parenthood Federation; (c) British Pregnancy Advisory Service; (d) Pregnancy Advisory Service; (e) United Nations Population Fund; and (f) Family Planning Association (United Kingdom) for the purposes of any other reproductive health services other than abortion or family planning; and[HL479]

What were the total grants the Department for International Development gave in each of the past five years to (a) Marie Stopes International; (b) International Planned Parenthood Federation; (c) British Pregnancy Advisory Service; (d) Pregnancy Advisory Service; (e) United Nations Population Fund; and (f) Family Planning Association (United Kingdom).[HL480]

Baroness Amos: Data are not held centrally in the format requested. However, DfID supports a number of international sexual and reproductive health organisations that share our aim of reducing poverty and providing services and choice to poor people in accordance with the principles agreed at the UN Conference on Population and Development. All our funding supports the goal of universal access to reproductive health and is central to attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) specifically those related to maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS and child mortality. Without access to high quality reproductive health services and care, it is most unlikely that progress will be achieved in meeting the health MDGs. We will continue to support international organisations and NGOs which make an effective contribution to these goals, and of course the efforts of governments seeking to improve people's access to reproductive health services.

DfID funding to the organisations referred to is as follows:

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1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02
Organisation £000s £000s £000s £000s £000s
Marie Stopes International 3,103 4,235 4,945 5,132 2,554
International Planned Parenthood Federation 5,850 5,500 5,500 5,500 4,500
United Nations Population Fund 11,500 13,120 15,000 40,050 24,213


DfID has not provided financial support to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, Pregnancy Advisory Service or Family Planning Association (UK).


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Baroness Masham of Ilton asked Her Majesty's Government:


What is their current policy towards providing funds to Marie Stopes International.[HL481]

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Baroness Amos: DfID's funding policy to any non-profit making organisation or network, including Marie Stopes International, is based on its ability to effectively contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals; and to DfID's overall objective, the eradication of poverty.


Baroness Masham of Ilton asked Her Majesty's Government:

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What are the bilateral funding commitments of the Department for International Development to reproductive health services by country for the year 2001–02.[HL536]


Baroness Amos: The information requested is set out in the table below: Reproductive Health 2001–02 Commitments Country Principal(1) Significant(1) £ thousands Total
Bangladesh 940 6,000 6,940
Ethiopia — 300 300
Ghana — 25,000 25,000
India — 500 500
Kenya — 3,500 3,500
Latin America regional(2) 249 — 249
Malawi — 250 250
Montserrat — 539 539
Mozambique — 11,339 11,339
Nigeria 159 — 159
Non specific country(3) 16,558 140,507 157,065
Pakistan 210 3,200 3,410
Peru 7,500 — 7,500
South Africa, Republic of — 1,982 1,982
Sudan — 220 220
Tanzania — 35,250 35,250
Uganda — 750 750
Zimbabwe 6,800 6,000 12,800
Total 32,416 235,337 267,753


1. Prinicipal objectives are those which are fundamental to the design of the project or programme, without which it would not be undertaken. Significant objectives are those which, although important, are not one of the primary reasons for undertaking activities.

2. Regional project on reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS.

3. Approximately £140 million of the significant commitment relates to the Global Health Fund.


China: Reproductive Health Programmes

Baroness Masham of Ilton: asked Her Majesty's Government:


Whether they are aware of any involvement by Marie Stopes International in the Chinese one-child policy.[HL532]


Baroness Amos: As we have repeatedly made clear, DfID supports HIV/AIDS prevention and care and UNFPA productive health programmes in China. Marie Stopes International (MSI) is assisting in the delivery of both of these. Under these programmes neither DfID nor MSI are supporting any coercive family planning practices in China. All UK assistance for reproductive health programmes is provided in support of the principles of free and informed choices set out at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo in 1994 and reaffirmed at the Cairo plus 5 meeting in New York in 1999.


Baroness Masham of Ilton: asked Her Majesty's Government:


In the light of China's now below-replacement fertility rate and ageing population, whether they

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will cease supporting population growth containment in China.[HL537]


Baroness Amos: UK assistance for reproductive health programmes in China, as elsewhere, is provided in support of the principles of free and informed choices set out at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo in 1994, and reaffirmed at the Cairo plus 5 meeting in New York in 1999. We do not support population growth containment and have no plans to withdraw our support for the ICPD principles.