HL Deb 26 March 1998 vol 587 c247WA
Lord Braine of Wheatley

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have funded any projects in Peru which have contributed to the Peruvian Population Control Programme. [HL1068]

Lord Whitty

This Government have not provided support to the Government of Peru's Population Control Programme and is opposed to any form of coercion that limits the rights of individuals to decide their own reproductive intentions.

The Department for International Development has identified Peru as a priority country for assistance in the health and population sector. As a consequence, our work has been directed towards enhancing capacity within the Peruvian Ministry of Health, specifically in health services management and reproductive health. The majority of our work in reproductive health has been focused upon increasing access and service quality, based upon the tenets of information and informed consent.

In 1994 we also provided funds through UNFPA to purchase a range of contraceptive commodities to increase choice for women and men. The majority of funds were for temporary forms of contraception.

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