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Upcoming Business – Commons: Select Committee (24 Oct 2017)

International Development: DFID's priorities. 11:15 am; The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Witnesses: Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Secretary of State for International Development Lindy Cameron, Director General for Country Programmes

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Hurricane Relief (Caribbean) (18 Oct 2017)

Priti Patel: The UK Government mounted an enormous cross-Government response to the devastating hurricanes consisting of more than 40 aid experts, 2,000 military personnel and more than 50 police officers, with HMS Ocean, RFA Mounts Bay and more than 600 tonnes of humanitarian aid. I give my thanks to our military and civilian personnel, whose efforts during the hurricane relief effort were simply heroic.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Hurricane Relief (Caribbean) (18 Oct 2017)

Priti Patel: I thank my hon. Friend for his question. The hurricanes have been devastating, and I have seen their effect across our overseas territory. I can absolutely give the House an assurance that we are not just supporting the overseas territories; we are now working with them on the recovery and the rebuilding efforts, in addition to the relief efforts.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Hurricane Relief (Caribbean) (18 Oct 2017)

Priti Patel: The hon. Gentleman is right to point that out in terms of the grand bargain and the humanitarian work that Britain leads on around the world. He asks about progress. I can let the House know that enormous progress has been made directly with the humanitarian agencies that we work with, through the funding that we are putting in place. We are making sure that the grand bargain commitments are...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Hurricane Relief (Caribbean) (18 Oct 2017)

Priti Patel: Let me politely say to my hon. Friend that that is not wholly accurate. When it comes to support for the military budget, he will know that part of the official overseas development assistance goes to the Ministry of Defence, so, as I said earlier, this has been a cross-Government effort involving the Foreign Office, the MOD and the Department for International Development, and others,...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Hurricane Relief (Caribbean) (18 Oct 2017)

Priti Patel: We are very focused on resilience as part of the recovery programme and dealing with the challenges faced in respect of climate change. The implications of climate change for small island states are very much a focus of DFID, but also across the Government. We are leading many of the discussions internationally in terms of climate change—how we support resilience programmes through our...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Hurricane Relief (Caribbean) (18 Oct 2017)

Priti Patel: I am disappointed by the tone the hon. Lady has taken, primarily because, having been to the overseas territory myself, I have seen the private sector absolutely wiped out. We are talking about not large sectors and industries, but men and women who have lost their livelihood—small shops and small businesses. That is effectively why we have established a private sector taskforce, which...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Leaving the EU: Preferential Trade (18 Oct 2017)

Priti Patel: DFID and the Department for International Trade are working together to prepare and plan for the day when Britain finally leaves the EU in 2019, when we will start to secure duty-free access to less developed countries and work on trade preferences.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Leaving the EU: Preferential Trade (18 Oct 2017)

Priti Patel: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and I am well aware of his constituency’s links with the sectors he mentions. By increasing trade opportunities for UK firms, we can help the world’s poorest countries trade themselves out of poverty, which everyone in the House wants.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Leaving the EU: Preferential Trade (18 Oct 2017)

Priti Patel: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point about development co-operation. We lead in many countries, both bilaterally and multilaterally, but co-operation is vital to delivering on the ground for the world’s poorest. We will continue to work not only with the EU, but with other partners in some of the poorest parts of the world where they can add value and where there is great need.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Leaving the EU: Preferential Trade (18 Oct 2017)

Priti Patel: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right about trade preferences and the implications for securing jobs in this country and about creating new markets in developing countries and new trading opportunities. As part of the discussions, those subjects will be at the heart of securing a prosperous future for our country and for poor countries around the world.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Leaving the EU: Preferential Trade (18 Oct 2017)

Priti Patel: It is important for the hon. Lady to recognise that Britain is at the forefront of that, unlike the EU, which has yet to agree trade preferences and good trading opportunities with some of the world’s poorest countries. Britain will lead the world in free trade, but, importantly, we will also help the poorest countries to invest in skills, technical assistance and capacity building and...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Leaving the EU: Preferential Trade (18 Oct 2017)

Priti Patel: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The mission of this Government and of my tenure at DFID is to do exactly that. We want to ensure that economic development is at the heart of everything we do, meaning free trade, market access and helping countries to stand on their own two feet.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Natural Disasters: Emergency Funds (18 Oct 2017)

Priti Patel: Overseas development assistance rules have not and will not stop Britain providing money needed for the hurricane recovery and reconstruction effort. The UK has committed over £60 million to the Irma and Maria relief efforts, and we are of course working with all our international partners to provide support.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Natural Disasters: Emergency Funds (18 Oct 2017)

Priti Patel: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility has paid out $49 million in the last month alone to the islands affected by the recent hurricanes. Through the World Bank and other international financial institutions, Britain and the British insurance industry are leading the way in providing more insurance support internationally.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Natural Disasters: Emergency Funds (18 Oct 2017)

Priti Patel: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question. He is right to highlight the fragility of many countries. Our aid budget is there to provide relief and the preparedness to help them to deal with many of the disasters and catastrophes that take place through climate change and conflict and through man-made disasters, too. That is effectively DFID’s focus.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Natural Disasters: Emergency Funds (18 Oct 2017)

Priti Patel: My hon. Friend highlights the importance of co-ordination. The cross-Government hurricane relief effort was strong and co-ordinated. We have to respond accordingly to crises when they happen, and we work together effectively. We are joined up and are making sure that we deliver for the people who need help.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Natural Disasters: Emergency Funds (18 Oct 2017)

Priti Patel: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. The House may have noticed that the secretary-general of the OECD was in town yesterday, and I met both him and the chair of the Development Assistance Committee to discuss this issue. They are the first to recognise that such small island states need resilience to the impact of climate change and that we need greater agility in applying the rules to many of...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Rohingya Refugees (Bangladesh) (18 Oct 2017)

Priti Patel: The UK is the largest bilateral donor to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh. DFID has worked in Cox’s Bazar for many, many years, and it has recently stepped up efforts with an additional £30 million in the light of the refugee crisis. We are working with many partners, and I am sure all colleagues in the House, including those who spoke in yesterday’s debate,...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Rohingya Refugees (Bangladesh) (18 Oct 2017)

Priti Patel: The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. I have already called for violence to stop and, importantly, for aid access to be granted. The point about the UN efforts is that we have to have a co-ordinated approach and response to the aid effort, aid delivery and aid access. It is also important that we ensure our voices are heard by the Burmese military, so that they stop the violence and...


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