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Departments: Marie Stopes International Conference

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 17 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the Ministers from his Department who will be (a) attending and (b) speaking at the Marie Stopes International Conference being held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on 23-24 October; whether his Department will be contributing (i) direct funding, (ii) informal support and (iii) personnel; whether there are restrictions on the use of these contributions; whether officials from his Department will (A) attend and (B) participate; if he will place in the Library any material produced for the conference by his Department; what discussions his Department has had with the Department for International Development on this conference; and if he will make a statement. (158310)

No Ministers from the Department of Health are attending or speaking at the Marie Stopes International Conference being held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on 23-24 October 2007.

The Department has contributed no funding, informal support or personnel to the event.

Three officials from the Department will be attending the event and will participate in breakout sessions along with other conference delegates.

No materials have been produced for the conference by the Department.

Ministers from both the Department and the Department for International Development were invited to speak at the conference. There was correspondence between the Departments about attendance but due to business and travel pressures neither Minister was able to attend.