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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 10 October 2017
Department for International Development
Burma and Bangladesh: Rohingya
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Bangladesh Government on providing refugees from Rakhine State, Myanmar, with safe passage and aid on their arrival in Bangladesh.
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Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 17 October 2017

I’ve spoken to the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary and reiterated the UK’s commitment to relieve the plight of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The issue is a complex one, but the UK has not shied away from its responsibility and we are working closely with the Government of Bangladesh to provide life-saving assistance to thousands of displaced men, women and children. Our initial support is already enabling food to reach 65,000 refugees, health care for 50,000, and emergency shelter for more than 26,000. We are also supporting 7,500 children, many of whom are at risk of sexual violence and trafficking.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 10 October 2017
Department for International Development
Burma: Humanitarian Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Myanmar Government on allowing access for humanitarian workers and aid to Rakhine State.
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Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 17 October 2017

I am appalled by the ethnic cleansing and persecution of the Rohingya, including reports of the Burmese military and local militia forcing hundreds of thousands of men, women and children from their homes and villages being burnt. The relentless denial of aid is a matter of life and death for those still in northern Rakhine. I have repeatedly called on the Burmese authorities to stop the violence in Rakhine state, and to allow full and unfettered humanitarian access to provide a lifeline to all those living in Rakhine State. Government officials continue to raise this at the highest levels with the Burmese Government.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 10 October 2017
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has to contribute to the Education Cannot Wait fund.
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Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 16 October 2017

The UK is a strong supporter of Education Cannot Wait and has been at the forefront of developing the fund. We were a founding donor and the largest contributor to the fund having pledged £30million from 2016 to 2018. We also provide technical expertise including through a DFID senior adviser seconded into the fund’s Secretariat.

75 million children and youth are affected by emergencies and protracted crises and are in need of education support. Education Cannot Wait is a critical platform to raise additional funds for education in some of the most challenging contexts, including inside Syria and Yemen, and to transform the delivery of education in emergency contexts globally.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff including consultants have been hired across Government Departments for work on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April 2018; and what the total cost of those staff is to date.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 12 October 2017

The Cabinet Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 11 September 2017
Department for International Development
Commonwealth Development Corporation: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent progress she has made on the recapitalisation of the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC); and what plans she has to enable parliamentary scrutiny of the CDC Business Case and its recapitalisation.
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Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 14 September 2017

The passage of the CDC Bill earlier this year enabled significant, and welcome, parliamentary scrutiny of CDC as an institution, and of the case for recapitalisation of it. Issues raised by Parliamentarians from all sides of the House fed into CDC 2017-21 Strategic Framework, launched earlier this year. As is normal practice, the CDC recapitalisation business case will be subject to government review and quality assurance processes, and will be published once approved by Ministers. My Department will continue to engage closely with Parliamentarians on all aspects of CDC’s work, and we welcome constructive input from all sources.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 05 September 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nigeria: Slavery
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the Government plans to monitor and support the Nigerian Government in tackling modern day slavery and human trafficking.
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Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 13 September 2017

The Government works with Nigerian law enforcement agencies involved in investigating and prosecuting the perpetrators of modern slavery. This includes building relationships and providing training and equipment. In July 2016 the Prime Minister announced a £33.5 million fund to tackle modern slavery, of which £5 million has been allocated to Nigeria. It will be used to improve the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies, raise awareness amongst would-be victims and perpetrators of the consequences of modern slavery and the penalties for involvement, and to help safeguard victims and witnesses through comprehensive support packages. During their visit to Nigeria, the Foreign Secretary and the International Development Secretary announced a further £7 million of support over the next three years. This will be used to help develop alternative livelihoods options for communities in areas where trafficking occurs, and to help victims of trafficking recover and reintegrate into their communities. It will also fund research on the causes of trafficking and modern slavery.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 05 September 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nigeria: Politics and Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what coordinated and joint actions the Government plans to undertake with the Nigerian Government to tackle insurgency and promote peace in North East Nigeria.
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Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 13 September 2017

The UK is working closely with the Nigerian Government in tackling Boko Haram and promoting peace in the North East by providing a substantial package of military, intelligence and development support. This includes training for the Nigerian armed forces, supporting Nigerian intelligence analysis, and £5 million to support the Multinational Joint Task Force, the regional military force tackling Boko Haram. We have also increased counter-terrorism cooperation, providing training on response to terrorist attacks and bomb scene management. During their recent visit to Nigeria, the Foreign Secretary and International Development Secretary announced an additional £200 million of humanitarian aid over the next four years.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 05 September 2017
Department for International Trade
Trade Agreements: Nigeria
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how the Government plans to strengthen and promote its trade and investment relationship with Nigeria.
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Answered by: Mark Garnier
Answered on: 13 September 2017

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has regular discussions with the Nigerian Government on trade. We work to improve the business environment and increase business confidence, to promote long-term growth and a diversified economy. The Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Nigeria visits regularly as part of HMG's coordinated activity to promote our trade and prosperity priorities. My Rt hon Friends the Foreign Secretary and Secretary of State for International Development emphasised the UK’s commitment to strengthen bilateral trade ties further during their recent visit to Nigeria. DIT is organising infrastructure and agribusiness trade missions to the UK in October to highlight opportunities in these sectors.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 05 September 2017
Department for International Development
Young People: Nigeria
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures the Government is putting in place with the Nigerian Government to support the economic and developmental potential of Nigeria's youth population.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 13 September 2017

Recently, I witnessed the transformative work DFID is doing in Nigeria, with the Government and the private sector, to build a better future for the largest youth population in Africa. DFID is providing critical healthcare in the early stages of life, educating over 1 million children, and supporting livelihoods, jobs and investment across the country, and has raised the incomes of 1.38 million Nigerians since 2015.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 06 September 2017
Department for International Development
International Assistance: Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) plans her Department has and (b) funding it has allocated to implement its Youth Agenda, published in April 2016; and how her Department plans to ensure that it works alongside and consults young people as advocates and agents for change.
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Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 13 September 2017

With 1.8 billion people globally between the ages of 10 and 24, DFID is ensuring that young people are at the centre of all our work, supporting their access to quality education, improved healthcare, and decent work; regardless of their background.

We aim to provide young people with a genuine say in shaping a positive future for their countries. This was illustrated most recently at the 2017 Family Planning summit, which had a Youth Panel that played a key role in setting the agenda and outcomes of the event.

We are also working directly with 5-18 year olds in the UK through our Development Education programme. Through this programme, we are investing in a new generation of Global Britain ambassadors, proud of the work the UK is doing to tackle global poverty, and better prepared to live and eventually work in a globalised economy.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 06 September 2017
Department for International Development
Gender: Equality
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to (a) publish and (b) implement its new Strategic Vision for Gender Equality.
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Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 13 September 2017

DFID’s new Strategic Vision on Gender Equality will be published and implemented by DFID and with its partners in due course.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 06 September 2017
Department for International Development
International Assistance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans exist for the repatriation or reallocation of the proportion of the overseas aid budget currently contributing towards EU development funds; and whether the Government intends to bring these plans before Parliament.
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Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 13 September 2017

The arrangements for withdrawal from the EU, including its funds, will be determined as part of the exit negotiations with the European Commission.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 06 September 2017
Department for International Development
Adam Smith International
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding from the public purse has been paid by her Department to Adam Smith International since March 2017; how much of that funding is classified as Official Development Assistance; and whether her Department has (a) signed any new contracts or (b) extended any existing contracts with Adam Smith International since March 2017.
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Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 13 September 2017

DFID has not signed any new contracts or extended any existing contracts with Adam Smith International (ASI) since March 2017. Between 1st March – 31st August 2017 DFID paid £50.06 million to ASI, to fulfil legally binding contracts. All payments are classified as Official Development Assistance.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 September 2017
Department for International Development
Nigeria: Overseas Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she plans to publish a breakdown of new funding for Nigeria announced in August 2017.
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Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 13 September 2017

The detailed plans of how these funds are going to be spent will be published on DFID department’s website once suitable implementing partners are appointed. Further details of these announcements can be found in my press releases of 31 August 2017 on modern slavery and on 30 August 2017 on humanitarian support.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 September 2017
Department for International Development
Department for International Development: Internet
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost including for staff of maintaining her Department's In the News webpage is annually.
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Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 13 September 2017

DFID’s In the News webpage is maintained by the existing Press Office team as part of their regular duties. There is no dedicated resource required.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 September 2017
Department for International Development
UN Agencies: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she plans to review her Department's financial contribution to any UN agencies.
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Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 13 September 2017

The 2016 Multilateral Development Review included a comprehensive assessment of every UN agency receiving more than £1 million of annual core funding from DFID.

We continue to actively monitor UN Agency performance through our membership of their Governing Boards and analysis of their results data. We are clear that where agencies consistently fail to meet our high standards, their funding is at risk. The UK is pushing hard for the UN development system to change so that it is better prepared for the challenges of the 21st Century; future funding will be linked to progress on reform.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 06 September 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Adam Smith International
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much funding from the public purse has been paid by his Department to Adam Smith International since March 2017; how much of that funding is classified as Official Development Assistance; and whether his Department has (a) signed any new contracts or (b) extended existing contracts with Adam Smith International since March 2017.
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Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 12 September 2017
Holding answer received on 11 September 2017

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has paid Adam Smith International £12.1m since 1 April 2017 across six contracts, funding projects in high priority countries affected by conflict in the Middle East, East Africa and South Asia. The FCO has extended three of those contracts since 1 April 2017. All of this funding is Official Development Assistance. The extended programmes will be retendered later this year. The Department has not signed any new contracts.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Department for International Development
Education: Developing Countries
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help meet the aims of Sustainable Development Goal 4.
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Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 11 September 2017

The government is committed to the aims of Sustainable Development Goal 4, in particular ensuring that children in developing countries are able to access a good quality education.

The UK supported 11 million children in school between 2011 and 2015. The UK is also leading the way on reaching the most marginalised children including through flagship programmes such as the Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) which is supporting 1 million of the world’s most marginalised girls. We have stepped up on education in emergencies through our funding of Education Cannot Wait. We have also committed to getting more children with disabilities into school and learning. The UK has funded 380,000 teachers through our multilateral contributions. All are critical elements of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Home Office
Refugees: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to ensure that unaccompanied children will be able to be reunited with their close family when the UK leaves the EU.
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Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 11 September 2017

The UK strongly supports the principle of family unity and there are already legal routes for families to be reunited safely that are not dependent on our EU membership. The UK’s family reunion policy is generous, and we have and continue to reunite refugees with their immediate family, including granting over 23,000 family reunion visas over the last five years.

The EU Dublin Regulation determines the Member State with responsibility for assessing an asylum claim. Under the Regulation unaccompanied children present in another EU Member State can be transferred to the UK to have their asylum claim assessed where they have a qualifying family member or relative legally present and transfer is in their best interests. We expect cooperation on asylum and migration with our European partners to continue after the UK leaves the EU, and will discuss the exact nature of this cooperation in negotiations.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to work closely with disability-focused organisations to improve the effectiveness of the UK's efforts to enhance access to education for disabled girls in developing countries.
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Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 07 September 2017

Working with disability focused NGOs and disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) is central to DFID’s work on Disability Inclusion. DFID’s leading programmes for working with NGOs – UK Aid Direct and UK Aid Match – both include support for disability-focused organisations. DFID’s flagship programme on girls education – the Girls’ Education Challenge – has reached over 45,000 girls with disabilities, in part through working with disability focused organisations such as Leonard Cheshire. DFID continues to learn from experience of what works in reaching girls with disabilities. For example, building on the success of the programme in Kenya, Leonard Cheshire are working with the education ministry to revise the teacher training curriculum and demonstrate to local education ministries how to support girls with disabilities.

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