Results 181–200 of 3000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Featherstone

Syrian Refugees (Support and Aid) (29 Apr 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I will, but I want to get to my hon. Friend’s point.

Syrian Refugees (Support and Aid) (29 Apr 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank my hon. Friend. I am keeping an eye on the time, because I want to address the specific points raised. Although aid is getting through, it is not enough. Access is extremely unpredictable. Thousands of people in desperate need wait each month for relief that does not arrive because humanitarian agencies are prevented from reaching them. To address the point more directly, I should say...

Syrian Refugees (Support and Aid) (29 Apr 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: Indeed. I do not doubt my hon. Friend’s access to it; I am merely explaining that it was to have been released officially later today. We need to maintain pressure on the regime and its allies. We need to maintain our dialogue with neighbouring countries, regional partners and the opposition. As the resolution makes clear, we fully intend to take further steps if the demands it sets out are...

Syrian Refugees (Support and Aid) (29 Apr 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: There is a legal discussion going on at the moment. The UK Government agree that providing partial humanitarian aid cross-border without explicit regime consent is not unlawful in circumstances in which the regime is arbitrarily denying consent for humanitarian access across borders over which it has no control and in the light of the fact that the regime is employing starvation as a method...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: GAVI Alliance (9 Apr 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: The UK is the largest donor to GAVI. Our support will help fully immunise nearly 80 million children and save around 1.3 million lives during 2011-15. We are working closely with GAVI and partners to ensure that their 2016-20 strategy, currently being developed, provides a sound and cost-effective basis for delivering their mission and saving children’s lives.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: GAVI Alliance (9 Apr 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that, because strengthening health systems and the capacity of health workers is a key answer in addressing the immunisation deficit.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: GAVI Alliance (9 Apr 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: My hon. Friend raises the issue of the frustrating endgame on polio. GAVI will play a major role in delivering that endgame, but we are working with everyone to try to ensure that vaccinations are seen as good and not some kind of problem.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: GAVI Alliance (9 Apr 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: Right now, GAVI has not stated what its actual target is. We are the largest donor at 33%, and we will continue to support it. We will make a decision in the next few months.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: GAVI Alliance (9 Apr 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: My hon. Friend is entirely right. The economic benefits are huge, and vaccination is considered a development “best buy”. The Gates Foundation is at the forefront of that, and we work very closely indeed with it.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Tackling Dementia (9 Apr 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: The UK Government support the improvement of dementia care through increased provision of basic health services for the poor. In 2012-13, the UK provided about £1 billion in bilateral health aid to support work to strengthen health systems and health services for the poor.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Tackling Dementia (9 Apr 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank my right hon. Friend and pay tribute to him for the work he has done; indeed, I have met with him to discuss this very issue. Of course, dementia is a growing issue in the developing world. Regarding the Prime Minister’s summit, we have contributed to the Department of Health, which is the lead Department on the issue, and we are dealing full out with communicable diseases. We also,...

Bost Project (Afghanistan) (18 Mar 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this afternoon, Mr Streeter. I am glad to attend this debate and discuss DFID’s involvement in the Bost airfield and agricultural business park project. I will repeat some of the information that the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Steve McCabe) has already been given and is dissatisfied with, but I hope that the timeline I give him...

Bost Project (Afghanistan) (18 Mar 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I will, although I might lose my thread.

Bost Project (Afghanistan) (18 Mar 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: As I go through, I will set out the sums involved, but the critical point is what sum was not spent because of the non-continuation of the business park, which cost £3.1 million. As the hon. Gentleman rightly said, the plans were then handed over to the Afghan authorities so that the work would not be wasted and the whole thing could be rescheduled. That was not achievable within the...

Bost Project (Afghanistan) (18 Mar 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I am not protecting anything. It is not our practice to publish either unfinished reports or internal reports. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman understands that what is most appropriate is to have checks in place to monitor projects and ensure that they are proceeding as planned. That is what we do with UK taxpayers’ money: we put in milestones so we can check that we are not going...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Mali (5 Mar 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: The UK gave £23 million of bilateral aid to Mali in 2013, supporting some 650,000 people. We also pledged £110 million over four years for long-term resilience work in the Sahel region. The UK provides assistance through multilateral contributions, and we are considering additional bilateral funding for 2014.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Mali (5 Mar 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. Livelihoods and jobs are a key focus for DFID, and we are doing a great deal of work on them. Some of the money that we are providing is built into resilience work, because the problems in the Sahel are about drought and climate change. It is what we can do for the long term that matters most.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Mali (5 Mar 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: We put a great deal of our money through multilaterals right across the Sahel, and we have committed £83 million in humanitarian support through the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and international non-governmental organisations across five countries—Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger.

Gaza (Humanitarian Situation) (5 Feb 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hood. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Banbury (Sir Tony Baldry) on securing this debate and on his incredibly powerful speech. Indeed, I congratulate all Members who have contributed today. Passions clearly run high, but I doubt whether there is anyone in this Chamber who does not want peace and security for Gaza, the...

Gaza (Humanitarian Situation) (5 Feb 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: No, I will not. The hon. Member for Easington (Grahame M. Morris) mentioned that a high proportion of correspondence to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is on the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The UK public are hugely interested in the peace process, which must make progress. DFID receives similarly high levels of parliamentary and public interest in that subject. I hope I have...


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