Jim Shannon (Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health); Strangford, DUP)
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department gave to (a) India, (b) Pakistan and (c) Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in 2011; whether any such funding had a designated purpose; and what those purposes were.
Andrew Mitchell (The Secretary of State for International Development; Sutton Coldfield, Conservative)
UK aid to Pakistan is focused on ensuring stability and prosperity for Pakistan and the region. In 2010-11 DFID invested £203 million to help Pakistan. We are on track to: get 4 million children into school; help over 1.2 million people—more than half of these Women—access credit; support 500,000 couples to access family planning; and provide practical job training to tens of thousands of people.
In India, where we are walking the last mile, DFID invested £279 million of aid and support. We are on track to: give 3 million poor people (2.1 million of them women) access to credit, insurance and savings; help over 400,000 mothers deliver babies more safely; reach 3.9 million children with nutrition programmes; and support over 800,000 children to enrol in secondary school and 1.5 million children to enrol in primary school. Our programme is now concentrated in three of the poorer states; up to half now focus on the role of the private sector in poverty alleviation.