Nigeria: Marie Stopes International

Department for International Development written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Bill Cash Bill Cash Chair, European Scrutiny Committee, Chair, European Scrutiny Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department's policy that UK aid cannot be used to fund illegal services of the halting by the Nigerien authorities of Marie Stopes International abortion procedures.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

Marie Stopes International are a valued partner in our comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights work.

We have seen no evidence of any illegal activity in Niger on their part and no formal allegations have been made to us. DFID funds cannot be used to fund any illegal activities. We treat allegations of any improper use of funds extremely seriously. The process for reporting allegations is on our website. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development

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