HC Deb 27 July 1982 vol 28 cc488-90W
Mr. Dorrell

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the proposals for new population projects that have been submitted to him since his answer to the hon. Member for Loughborough on 15 June 1981, Official Report, c. 293; which of these proposals were accepted and at what estimated cost; which were rejected; and what were the reasons for that rejection.

Mr. Neil Marten

Since 15 June 1981 the following new proposals have been made formally by the Governments concerned:

  1. (i) Assistance to Registrar-General's Office, India
  2. (ii) Publication cost of census reports, Kiribati—£10,000
  3. (iii) Technical advice on population policy and censuses, Nigeria
  4. (iv) Contribution to IBRD first population project, Pakistan
  5. (v) Preliminary approach for assistance with family planning programme, St. Vincent
  6. (vi) Visit of census officials to UK, Syria—£1,000
  7. (vii) Technical advice on utilisation of census results, Tanzania—£10,000
  8. (viii) Provision of Land Rovers for the forthcoming census, Zaire.

No proposals have been rejected. Projects shown with estimated costs have been accepted; the remainder are still under consideration.

The following projects have been considered for funding through voluntary agencies but were unsuccessful because the funds available were fully committed:

Population Concern
Family planning and maternal child health care, Chimbote, Peru 13,142
Chittagong slum area integrated health, education and family planning project, Bangladesh 4,500
Population Services
Rural male surgical contraceptive programme, Sri Lanka 56,925
Rural family planning programme, Agra, India 52,970
Family planning promotion, Haiti 10,000
Africa Now
Contraceptives—social marketing Kenya 64,270

Two further applications did not meet the criteria of the scheme:

Population Concern £
Family planning association, Madhy Pradesh, India 3,778
Family planning project, Varanasi, India 52,000

In addition we have been able to approve a one-year extension to the Tabib family planning project in Pakistan (£3,175)

Mr. Dorrell

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the expenditure on population projects in the bilateral aid programme for 1981, classified by project and country.

Mr. Neil Marten

Expenditure on bilateral population projects in 1981 was approximately £1 million. In addition, £89,500 was spent on joint funding scheme projects in the population sector. The disbursements were as follows:

Disbursements of Bilateral Population Projects—1981
Public health and family planning nurse tutors 40,000
World Bank population project II; United Kingdom input uncludes vehicles; equipment; and nursing experts 346,500
Population census advisory visits 3,000

Buildings and equipment for extending family planning activities in rural/semi rural areas 283,000
Expert advice and minor equipment relating to population project in Orissa State 50,000
Census administration adviser 6,000
Census cartography adviser 6,000
World Bank population project I: rural demonstration health centres and nurses' training school, Mombassa 139,000
Contraceptive supplies appraisal visit 2,000
Papua New Guinea
Population education adviser 12,000
St. Lucia
Director of mother and child health family planning (MCH/FP) programme 33,000
Solomon Islands
Family health and family planning programme 10,900
Part funding of world fertility survey 12,000
Population census officials. Visit to United Kingdom 1,000
Census administration adviser 15,000
Demographic adviser for English-speaking Caribbean, CELADE 25,000
Demographic adviser on household surveys and projections, ESCAP 16,000

Disbursements of Joint Funding Scheme Projects—1981
Family planning training for Red Cross dais and midwives 1,000
Family planning promotion (population services) 24,500
Tabib family planning project (Oxfam) 1,500
Family planning project Zamboanga (population services) 32,500
Sri Lanka
Ayurvedic practitioners family planning training programme (population services) 30,000