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Population Control

Volume 264: debated on Monday 23 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Mossley Hill (Mr. Alton) of 20 June, Official Report, column 164–65 (a) if he will set out the reasons why the Overseas Development Administration considered it appropriate for its recent case studies in certain countries on the work of the United Nations population fund and the International Planned Parenthood Federation to be carried out using material and documents provided on the basis that information and findings would be treated in confidence and (b) if the information and findings will remain confidential on an indefinite basis. [37613]

These studies are commissioned to help ODA assess how effective these organisations are relative to the aims of the United Kingdom's aid programme. ODA believes that the studies will produce more useful evidence and findings if they are undertaken on the understanding with all those concerned that the reports are not to be made public. ODA does not intend to publish these reports.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how the United Nations Family Planning Association and the United Nations population fund have helped the Chinese Government understand how their population policies are viewed by other countries and how approaches based on voluntary choice should be introduced. [37586]

The United Nations population fund has done this through its international advocacy of non-coercive policies and other standard-setting work in relation to population policy and family planning, as well as through training of Chinese population specialists and its direct exchanges with the Chinese Government.