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Written Ministerial Statements — Department for International Development: Inter-American Investment Corporation - Escrow Account (18 Jul 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: This statement sets out the particulars of a short-term arrangement arising from the UK’s intention to become a member of the IIC (the private sector arm of the IADB Group) through the transfer of up to US$6.98m of UK resources already held in the IADB. These resources form part of a US$725m capital asset transfer from the IADB (of which the UK is a member) to the IIC, and will be...

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (17 Jul 2018)

International Development: UK-EU development cooperation. 4:30 pm; Room 6, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Secretary of State for International Development Nick Dyer, Director General, Economic Development and International Paul Walters, Deputy Director, Trade for Development Department, Department for International Development

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Elections: Disability (10 Jul 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: As I stated on 17 May this year, the Government believes that political parties have the prime responsibility for supporting their disabled candidates. There will be ways that the Government can help, which is why I announced that the Government Equalities Office will, with others, undertake a programme of work in this area. Within 12 months, we hope to have political parties offering and...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: East Africa: Trading Opportunities (4 Jul 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: The UK supports regional trade and development by improving infrastructure and cutting red tape through our flagship programme TradeMark East Africa, which has helped to reduce import times at the Mombasa port by 50%. We will also support the region by ensuring that there is continuity in market access arrangements post-EU exit.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: East Africa: Trading Opportunities (4 Jul 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: I agree wholeheartedly. The greatest progress that has been made towards the first global goal has resulted from the liberalisation of world trade. We want to move more nations from aid to trade, because that is where their future lies.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: East Africa: Trading Opportunities (4 Jul 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: Absolutely. I congratulate the hon. Gentleman and thank him for the work he does on a critical issue that results in an enormous number of deaths every year. I think there will be a greater onus on us to provide technical support for developing countries, and cutting the number of road deaths is clearly an area in which that technical support will be needed.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: East Africa: Trading Opportunities (4 Jul 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: I absolutely agree with my right hon. Friend. Frictionless trade is a good thing, and the corridor that TradeMark East Africa has provided has cut border times dramatically, as well as cutting corruption. We are funding the second leg of that trade corridor, and it has done amazing work for the region’s prosperity.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: East Africa: Trading Opportunities (4 Jul 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: I have frequent dialogues with colleagues throughout the Government. As the hon. Gentleman will know, 70 of my staff are embedded in the Department for International Trade to deal with these issues, particularly in respect of developing nations, but if he knows of any specific cases and will pass them on to me, I shall be happy to look at them.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: East Africa: Trading Opportunities (4 Jul 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: The fact that we will be able to make our own trade arrangements with developing countries will be of massive advantage to those countries, and the nations with which we work are incredibly excited about the possibilities that will result from our leaving the EU. I think that we should be optimistic about Africa’s future, and its leaders are optimistic, but as well as promoting trade we...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: East Africa: Trading Opportunities (4 Jul 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: Because at the heart of our trade strategy as we leave the EU are developing nations—we want to give them preferential treatment and support them in their ambitions. I would point to the evidence that since we announced that we are leaving the EU, we have made huge progress on initiatives like the Sahel alliance and a greater focus with bilateral partners including France on our work...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Orphanages (4 Jul 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: DFID’s primary focus is to tackle the underlying drivers of institutionalisation. We address these through poverty reduction programmes and through our strong focus on education, nutrition, health, economic development and social protection. Through UK Aid Match, we are funding charities such as Hope and Homes for Children, which supports children into family-based and community-based care.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Orphanages (4 Jul 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: The hon. Lady touches on a subject close to my heart. When I was an aid worker in the former eastern bloc, I worked in the hospitals and orphanages there. Many of the children were not orphans as we would understand the term; they had families. We believe that the best way to care for and develop children, whatever their circumstances and whether they have a disability or not, is in a family...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Orphanages (4 Jul 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: We will certainly do that. DFID does not, as a policy, fund these types of institutions. We have traction with other donors around the world, and we will certainly try to move them on to share our policy.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Orphanages (4 Jul 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: This is a complex area, and I thank the hon. Lady for raising it. In addition to the efforts we are making with the Saudis and the Emiratis to try to get supplies into Yemen, we are also aware of in-country issues with moving supplies around, including basic vaccines and so forth. My right hon. Friend the Minister for the Middle East is in frequent contact with all parties, as am I.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Orphanages (4 Jul 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: Our aid programmes in India are limited to investments on which we make a return and to technical support. We do not do traditional aid programmes in India, and we certainly do not fund the types of institutions to which my hon. Friend refers. If he thinks we should be doing something that we are not, he can write to me and I will take a look at it, but that is our policy.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (4 Jul 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: [In British Sign Language]: On 24 July we will hold a global disability conference here in London, organised by the UK Government, by the Kenyan Government and by the International Disability Alliance. For too long, in the world’s poorest countries, disabled people have not been able to reach their full potential because of stigma or not enough practical support. I am proud to be...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (4 Jul 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: I thank my hon. Friend for that question. UK assistance to Somaliland includes support for critical economic infrastructure, humanitarian assistance, police and justice support, and engagement in counter-terrorism and security. We provided rapid response in the aftermath of the tropical storm, and we will also support Somaliland’s National Electoral Commission to plan and prepare to...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (4 Jul 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: As I said, leaving the EU affords us the opportunity to develop our own trading deals with those nations. We work incredibly closely with the Foreign Office, including through our ministerial teams coming together once a week to discuss these matters.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (4 Jul 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: As the hon. Gentleman knows, earlier this year I convened the first cross-ministerial official development assistance group. Every Department that spends ODA money, and the National Security Council, which looks after the cross-government funds, meets at that group, through which we will provide training, support and the tools DFID uses to get other Departments to the standard we want them to...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (4 Jul 2018)

Penny Mordaunt: Absolutely; that is our policy. I will be visiting the HALO Trust tomorrow. It does a tremendous amount of work de-mining in many parts of the world and it is a very valued partners of ours.


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