Jim Shannon (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 (Secretary of State, 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.