Sir Edward Leigh Written Questions

Questions to Department for International Development tabled by Sir Edward Leigh


Date Title Questioner
9 Sep 2019, 4:42 p.m. Developing Countries: Abortion Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which organisations have been funded by his Department to provide abortion services; and how much funding each such organisation has been allocated in each of the last five years.

Answer (Dr Andrew Murrison)

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

5 Feb 2019, 5:34 p.m. Developing Countries: Abortion Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department’s policy is on funding organisations that provide abortions that have (a) been found guilty of breaking the law and (b) ineffective procedures for addressing sexual misconduct.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

The Department for International Development is clear that we will not fund illegal activities. We take issues of sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment extremely seriously and demand the highest standards from all organisations the department works with. We have put in place new, enhanced and specific safeguarding standards and new funding will not be approved unless our partners meet these tough standards. When organisations uncover issues, we must not penalise them for being transparent, but support effective due process in the handling of such allegations.

7 Dec 2018, 2:21 p.m. Marie Stopes International Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much Government funding her Department plans to allocate to Marie Stopes International in each of the years from 2018 to 2022.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

The Department for International Development’s budgets for future years have not been finalised.

We expect to continue to fund Marie Stopes International (MSI) through a mix of central and country level programmes. For example, as part of our recently announced Women’s Integrated Sexual Health programme, MSI has been awarded a contract of £77 million for the period 2018-2021.

9 Oct 2018, 3:52 p.m. Kenya: Abortion Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the announcement of £36 million of funding for family planning in Kenya, how much of that funding will be spent on abortion provision and related activities; and how many abortion procedures are estimated to be funded by that project.

Answer (Harriett Baldwin)

The main focus of the ‘Delivering Sustainable and Equitable Increases in Family Planning in Kenya’ programme is to support increased access to modern family planning services. Abortion services will be supported by the programme within the parameters set out in the Kenyan Constitution. Article 26(4) of the Kenyan Constitution states that, ‘Abortion is not permitted unless, in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is need for emergency treatment, or the life or health of the mother is in danger or if permitted by any other written law’. We have no breakdown of funding for any abortion provision, or estimate of the number of procedures because this is a new programme, and the procurement of the implementing partner is underway.

9 Oct 2018, 11:21 a.m. Developing Countries: Abortion Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference the announcement of £200 million of funding for the Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH) programme, how much of that funding will be spent on abortion provision and related activities; which countries that spending will be targeted at; and what estimate she has made of how much will be spent in each such country.

Answer (Harriett Baldwin)

As the Women’s Integrated Sexual Health programme will provide integrated sexual and reproductive services, we cannot provide a specific figure for the amount of funding that will be spent on comprehensive and safe abortion care. As the programme promotes an integrated approach to avoid unintended pregnancy, this will reduce the number of abortions that are sought. WISH will operate in 24 African and 3 Asian Countries: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Cote D’Ivoire, DR. Congo, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe and Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

9 Oct 2018, 11:20 a.m. Developing Countries: Abortion Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the announcement of £200 million funding for the Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH) programme, how many abortion procedures are projected to be funded by that project (a) in total and (b) in each country.

Answer (Harriett Baldwin)

As the Women’s Integrated Sexual Health programme will deliver integrated sexual and reproductive services, we cannot provide a figure for the number of safe abortions which will be supported. The Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH) programme promotes an integrated approach to avoid unintended pregnancy – primarily through increasing access to voluntary modern contraceptives. This will reduce the number of abortions that are sought. The programme’s aim is to help women and girls avoid recourse to unsafe abortion and to increase access to voluntary family planning.

9 Oct 2018, 11:20 a.m. Developing Countries: Genito-urinary Medicine Sir Edward Leigh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the announcement of £200 million funding for the Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH) programme, which providers will deliver that project; and how much funding each of those providers will receive.

Answer (Harriett Baldwin)

The Women’s Integrated Sexual Health programme will be implemented by two consortia. Marie Stopes International have been awarded a contract for £77 million and International Planned Parenthood Federation have been awarded a contract for £132 million. £135 million.

4 Jul 2018, 3:27 p.m. Religious Freedom Sir Edward Leigh

Question

What steps her Department is taking to provide assistance to religious minority communities in conflict areas.

Answer (Penny Mordaunt)

Our humanitarian assistance is provided on the basis of need, irrespective of race, religion or ethnicity. We ensure that aid reaches the most vulnerable including those from religious minorities. Minority communities are taken into account by the organisations we fund when assessing those most in need of protection and assistance.