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Abortion

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government which Ministers have policy responsibility for (a) abortion in England and Wales, (b) abortion overseas, and (c) funding for (1) the International Planned Parenthood Federation, (2) the United Nations Population Fund, and (3) Marie Stopes International.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma Lords Spokesperson (Home Office) (Equalities and Women's Issues), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

The right honourable Andrew Lansley MP, as Secretary of State for Health, has policy responsibility for abortion in England and Wales, supported by Anne Milton MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health.

As Secretary of State for International Development, the right honourable Andrew Mitchell MP has policy responsibility for the Government's approach to abortion in developing countries. My right honourable friend is supported by the right honourable Alan Duncan MP, Minister of State for International Development, who leads on UK funding for the United Nations Population Fund, and Stephen O'Brien MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, who leads on funding to Civil Society, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International.

The Department for International Development (DfID) does not support abortion as a method of family planning. We believe the best way to eliminate unsafe abortion is to provide access to family planning information, services and supplies and to ensure that women have more control over the circumstances in which they have sex. In countries where abortion is permitted, DfID will support programmes that make abortion safe and accessible. DfID's policy position on safe and unsafe abortion is available on our website-www.dfid.gov.uk/Media-Room/Publications/.

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