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Written Ministerial Statements — Department for International Development: Tailored Review of ICAI (7 Dec 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: I am today publishing a mandated review of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI), in accordance with my responsibility as the Minister accountable to Parliament for it. In line with standard Cabinet Office guidance the review examined the case for ICAI to exist and assessed its efficiency and governance arrangements. In recognition of ICAI’s role as a scrutiny body, an...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Overseas Trade (29 Nov 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: The UK is a proud advocate of helping developing countries trade their way out of poverty. The Government has introduced the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill which enables creation of a trade preference scheme. This will maintain existing tariff free access to the UK for Least Developed Countries as we leave the EU.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Overseas Aid: Charities (29 Nov 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: The Small Charities Challenge Fund was launched in July this year. This fund is specifically for UK registered non-for-profit organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000. The fund is continuously open for applications and the first review of applications is currently underway.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Technology (29 Nov 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: DFID is committed to harnessing the power of technologies to reduce poverty. Our investments in technologies are saving and changing lives all over the world. DFID invests more than 45% of its research budget in the development, testing and large-scale delivery of technologies in health, agriculture, climate, energy, water, education, and humanitarian response.

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for International Development: Capital payment to an International Financial Institution - Contingent Liability (29 Nov 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: In 2015, the UK agreed to be a founder contributor of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The AIIB will support economic growth in the Asia and drive up living standards. The UK’s membership will deepen economic ties with Asia and create opportunities for British businesses. As set out in the Summer Budget 2015, HM Treasury made an initial capital instalment of...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Yemen (29 Nov 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with 21 million people in need of aid. The crisis will lead to famine unless all sides allow immediate commercial and humanitarian access throughout the country. The UK is playing a leading role in the current humanitarian and diplomatic response.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Yemen (29 Nov 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: We have been very clear that although we understand the coalition’s security concerns, they are not incompatible with allowing food and other supplies into the country. A huge diplomatic effort is being made, led by the Prime Minister, and she is using her visit this week to press further still. There has been movement in getting some aid and commercial supplies through, but that will...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Yemen (29 Nov 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: The communiqué did speak about what we are doing. In addition to the diplomatic efforts, a large part of my time since I have been in post has been spent looking at the other possible options in order logistically to get what is needed to the people who need it. There are immense problems, but we are looking at plan B—what else we can do. The key thing, and the only way to get the...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Yemen (29 Nov 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: I have been in close contact with both the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, and the Secretary-General himself. We are all working together to impress upon the coalition the importance of getting in not just aid but, critically, commercial supplies. That has been the main thrust of our argument. Clearly, a political settlement is needed in the long term, and we are pushing...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Yemen (29 Nov 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: We are extremely conscious of this matter. My right hon. Friend the Minister for the Middle East has been doing an enormous amount of work, looking at particular communities. There are enormous numbers of people—21 million—who are in an absolutely dire situation. As well as trying to get the immediate issues resolved, we must keep pressing for a political process and for all...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Yemen (29 Nov 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: I understand the right hon. Lady’s concerns, but as I have said, while we do accept there are legitimate security concerns, that is entirely separate from, and should not be conflated with, preventing aid and commercial supplies from getting to a population. We are extremely concerned about the situation; we are extremely concerned that the coalition may be in breach of international...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Yemen (29 Nov 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: I thank the hon. Lady and other Members who have welcomed me to my post. Although the UK military has provided training on targeting, to try to reduce civilian casualties, that has been entirely separate from the Saudi coalition’s actual campaign. We are trying to utilise the military-to-military contacts that we do have, which are deep, as part of our diplomatic process to try and get...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Modern Slavery (29 Nov 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: The Department is playing a leading role in the cross-government effort to tackle the scourge of modern slavery, and expanding our work in developing countries to tackle this barbaric crime. Our “work in freedom” programme has already reached over 380,000 women and girls in south Asia and the middle east.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Modern Slavery (29 Nov 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: I would be very happy to congratulate my hon. Friend’s constituents for the work that they are doing. Modern slavery is something that many people across the country are concerned about. We should be proud that our country and our Prime Minister are leading the way, most recently in convening leaders at the UN to launch the call for action to end modern slavery, which now has 40 signatories.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (29 Nov 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: I have just returned from Bangladesh, where I saw for myself the Rohingya camp and heard from refugees of the horrific atrocities that they have endured. I applaud the generosity of the Bangladeshi Government and the people of Bangladesh, as well as British taxpayers and all who have donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s appeal. Although every refugee has expressed the desire...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (29 Nov 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: I will say it for the third time: there are genuine security concerns on the part of the Saudi-led coalition, but that is entirely separate from the issue of allowing aid and commercial supplies into ports. We think that they can address their security concerns, and we are prepared to assist them in some measure to do that, but there is no excuse, legitimate though their concerns are, for...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (29 Nov 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right: our NGOs are second to none. If we are going to continue to make our funds deliver, provide value for money and have the impact required, British NGOs still need to be delivering that aid. All this will be part of the negotiations, but I concur exactly with my right hon. Friend’s sentiments.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (29 Nov 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: If this answer is not satisfactory because I did not hear the hon. Lady’s question, please will she let me know? We are looking to refresh a number of schemes, including the International Citizen Service, and at what healthcare professionals and other professions can offer with regard to aid while enhancing their own personal professional development.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (29 Nov 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: We have close discussions with our colleagues at the Department for International Trade. The trade and aid programme has enabled more than 40 countries to put development at the heart of their own plans.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (29 Nov 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: I thank my hon. Friend for raising this subject, which is very close to my heart. He will not have long to wait—perhaps it will be a matter of hours—for my first announcement on how the DFID budget will support disability.


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