§ Mr. Lidington
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department has sought from British manufacturers and suppliers of contraceptives in connection with the Overseas Development Administration's promotion of family planning in the developing world; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
The provision of contraceptives forms a relatively modest part of our population assistance, but it is increasing. The aim is to provide contraceptives of a type relevant to the needs of developing countries and selected in consultation with local institutions. A British manufacturer, Cilag Ltd., is currently supplying delfen foam—an aerosol contraceptive—to Pakistan under an ODA project worth over £500,000. Other British manufacturers have been invited to tender for condom contracts.