HC Deb 04 March 1997 vol 291 c542W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the UK will be spending(a) in the current year and (b) in each of the next five years on overseas family planning programmes, indicating the amount per geographical area; and if he will make a statement. [18681]

Dr. Liam Fox

No specific allocation is made for family planning programmes in the development assistance budget. Expenditure on population and reproductive health—which includes family planning—in 1995 was £62.3 million. The figure for 1996 is not yet available. Commitment figures from 1994 onwards are strong and we expect the level of expenditure to remain substantial in the next five financial years. So far the majority of this expenditure is in Africa and to a lesser extent Asia, with smaller amounts being spent in Latin America and the Caribbean, and central and eastern Europe.