Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Disability

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 20th January 2022.

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Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to Part One of the National Disability Strategy, published on 28 July 2021, what progress her Department has made on the launch of its enhanced Disability Inclusion Strategy; and (b) when that strategy will be launched.

Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to Part One of the National Disability Strategy, published on 28 July 2021, what recent progress her Department has made on the launch of the International Development Strategy; and what steps she is taking to ensure that disabled people’s rights are enshrined within that strategy.

Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to Part One of the National Disability Strategy, published on 28 July 2021, whether the first meeting of her Department’s External Disability Board went ahead in December 2021; and if she will publish details of the Board’s members.

Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to Part One of the National Disability Strategy, published on 28 July 2021, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the UK’s Official Development Assistance spend for 2021-22 is disability-inclusive.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK is committed to promoting and protecting universal rights for all, including people with disabilities. The UK is aiming to launch the new FCDO Disability Inclusion Strategy next month to mark the Global Disability Summit. The strategy continues to be guided by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The International Development Strategy will be published in the Spring.

The first FCDO Disability Inclusion Board took place last month. The Board covered the forthcoming strategy, disability inclusive climate action and the Board Terms of Reference. The FCDO's work on Overseas Development Assistance disability mainstreaming across other departments will commence in the new financial year.

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