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Oral Answers to Questions — HIV/AIDS

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th April 2001.

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Photo of Mr Bowen Wells Mr Bowen Wells Conservative, Hertford and Stortford 12:00 am, 25th April 2001

Has the Secretary of State had the opportunity to read the report of the Select Committee on International Development on HIV/AIDS? Hon. Members may not be aware that 2.8 million people died of HIV/AIDS last year, three times the number of people who died as a result of murder, violence and war; we are therefore dealing with an important question.

Will the Secretary of State confirm that she will be increasing the Department's expenditure on HIV/AIDS which, at the moment, amounts to only £1 million per annum? Will she reverse the decline in expenditure on HIV/AIDS in southern Africa? Has she concluded the programme that she was seeking to devise on a new compact or strategy within the Department to tackle the HIV/AIDS problem in Africa and throughout the world?