Siobhain McDonagh Written Questions

9 Questions to Department for International Development tabled by Siobhain McDonagh


Date Title Questioner
10 Jul 2018, 3:33 p.m. Pakistan: Education Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information her Department holds on the prevalence of (a) religious bias in education policy and (b) religious hate material in textbooks in Sindh and Punjab states in Pakistan; and if she will make a statement.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

DFID does not hold information on the prevalence of religious bias in education policy. However, respect for human rights, including the provisions of non-discrimination and protection for freedom of religion is one of the four Partnership Principles that guide the DFID Pakistan programme, and which are also set out in Pakistan’s constitution. A Partnership Principles Assessment provides the basis for regular bilateral assistance talks between the UK and Pakistan and is regularly reviewed.

While DFID has not carried out a general review of textbooks in Sindh, we have reviewed textbooks used in DFID supported non-government primary schools in Sindh. DFID has carried out an internal review of textbooks used in the public sector in Punjab and KP.

6 Jul 2018, 12:54 p.m. Pakistan: Education Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to address biased or hate material in textbooks and curricula as part of her Department's sponsored education support programmes in (a) Punjab, (b) Sindh and (c) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces in Pakistan.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

DFID has supported the provincial governments of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in Pakistan to revise specific textbooks including replacing any content that promotes prejudice and discrimination against religious or other minorities. In KP the subjects covered are English, mathematics, general knowledge and science. In Punjab, the focus is on English, Urdu, science and mathematics. DFID technical assistance to both provincial governments is also increasing the capability of the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board and the KP Textbook Board to carry out this work. In Sindh, DFID only supports education through non-state sector schools run by BRAC, The Citizen’s Foundation and Family Educational Services Foundation. An internal DFID review of texts books used in these schools in 2017 did not identify concerns.

6 Jul 2018, 12:52 p.m. Pakistan: Textbooks Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps her Department has taken to review and monitor the content of textbooks in states throughout Pakistan for material which is biased and discriminatory towards religious minorities.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

DFID’s technical assistance teams in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab regularly report on efforts to reduce the gender gaps and biases with respect to religion, regions, race, and ethnicity in school textbooks. In 2017 DFID carried out an internal review of official provincial government primary textbooks in KP and Punjab and of books used in non-government primary schools supported by DFID in Sindh, which did not find content inciting religious hatred or promoting intolerance. We continue to monitor progress and lobby provincial governments at senior levels to prioritise inclusion and religious tolerance.

21 Jun 2018, 2:38 p.m. Pakistan: Textbooks Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on funding textbooks in Pakistan in each of the last 10 years.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

DFID does not fund the production of any textbooks in Pakistan.

21 Jun 2018, 2:37 p.m. Pakistan: Education Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on education projects in Pakistan in each of the last 10 years.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

In the last ten years, DFID has spent the following on educational projects in Pakistan:

17/18

£110.5m

12/13

£64.5m

16/17

£112.6m

11/12

£41.2m

15/16

£78.9m

10/11

£38m

14/15

£101.8m

09/10

£19.5m

13/14

£90.9m

08/09

£14.95m

21 Jun 2018, 2:37 p.m. Pakistan: Overseas Aid Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent in Pakistan in each of the last 10 years.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

A breakdown of each financial year is as follows:

17/18

To be published in the DFID Annual Report in July.

16/17

£422.1m

15/16

£336.3m

14/15

£255.4m

13/14

£253.0m

12/13

£203.1m

11/12

£215.8m

10/11

£205.6m

09/10

£138.7m

08/09

£119.9m

23 Jan 2018, 5:45 p.m. Disasters Emergency Committee: Charitable Donations Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the proportion of donations received by the Disasters Emergency Committee that are from people between the ages of 25 and 40.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

The department does not hold or collate this information

23 Jan 2018, 5:34 p.m. Disasters Emergency Committee: Charitable Donations Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the proportion of donations received by the Disasters Emergency Committee that are from people between the ages of 41 and 65.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

The department does not hold or collate this information.

23 Jan 2018, 5:30 p.m. Disasters Emergency Committee: Charitable Donations Siobhain McDonagh

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the proportion of donations received by the Disasters Emergency Committee that are from people over the age of 65.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

The department does not hold or collate this information.