HC Deb 07 July 1992 vol 211 c118W
Mr. Alfred Morris

To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer on 24 June,Official Report, column 219, if he will make a statement on the implementation of declaration 76 of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Harare in October 1991, relating to the framework for collaboration to put children first, particularly through co-operation programmes devised to enhance health and literacy levels among children: what priority is being given to enhancing child health in the developing countries in Commonwealth programmes; and what funding has been allocated to these programmes.

Mr. Newton

[holding answer 2 July 1992]: I have been asked to reply.

Paragraph 76 of the Harare declaration endorses the declaration and plan of action of the survival, protection and development of children adopted by the World Summit for Children, which we support. The commit-ments undertaken at the summit to improve child health and security and to develop appropriate education are already among the basic concerns of the British aid programme.

We are making a significant contribution through our aid programme of some £45 million a year to health and population programmes in Commonwealth countries. A breakdown of the likely beneficiaries between adults and children is not available, but a considerable proportion of this assistance will directly benefit child health.

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