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Ministerial Corrections

Volume 709: debated on Monday 21 February 2022

Ministerial Corrections

Monday 21 February 2022

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Afghanistan Humanitarian Crisis: UK Response

The following are extracts from the urgent question on Afghanistan Humanitarian Crisis: UK Response on 9 February 2022.

As I said last month, we are also working to encourage the World Bank, as a matter of urgency, to repurpose the Afghanistan reconstruction trust fund, which would unlock a further $1.5 billion. Indeed, I had discussions with my officials about that just this morning.

[Official Report, 9 February 2022, Vol. 708, c. 944.]

Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, the hon. Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford).

An error has been identified in the response given to my right hon. Friend the Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr Mitchell).

The correct response should have been:

As I said last month, we are also working to encourage the World Bank, as a matter of urgency, to repurpose the Afghanistan reconstruction trust fund, which would unlock a total $1.5 billion. Indeed, I had discussions with my officials about that just this morning.

We are working with all the relevant partners—as I have said, the World Food Programme and the many other UN organisations—to make sure that the funding we are putting in is getting to where it is needed. That is supporting 4.4 million people at the moment, and as I have said, this will go up to 6.6 million when we include the support we are also putting in for health, water, protection, shelter and so on.

[Official Report, 9 February 2022, Vol. 708, c. 948.]

Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, the hon. Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford).

An error has been identified in the response given to the hon. Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth (Debbie Abrahams).

The correct response should have been:

We are working with all the relevant partners—as I have said, the World Food Programme and the many other UN organisations—to make sure that the funding we are putting in is getting to where it is needed. That is supporting 4.4 million people at the moment, and as I have said, this will go up to 6.1 million when we include the support we are also putting in for health, water, protection, shelter and so on.

The funding we are giving is being channelled through many different organisations, including UN organisations such as the World Food Programme, and through the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs into local organisations too. My colleague, the noble Lord responsible for this area, meets them regularly to discuss any blockages in getting the food there. It is a really challenging and heartbreaking situation—everybody understands that—and my colleague is meeting them regularly. That is the way this is currently being funded to make sure that the funding is going not through Government or Taliban organisations, but through those humanitarian aid organisations.

[Official Report, 9 February 2022, Vol. 708, c. 948.]

Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, the hon. Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford).

An error has been identified in the response given to the hon. Member for Huddersfield (Mr Sheerman).

The correct response should have been:

The funding we are giving is being channelled through many different organisations, including UN organisations such as the World Food Programme, and through the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs into local organisations too. My colleague, the noble Lord responsible for this area, meets them regularly to discuss any blockages in getting the food there. It is a really challenging and heartbreaking situation—everybody understands that—and my colleague is meeting them regularly. That is the way this is currently being funded to make sure that the funding is going not through the Taliban, but through those humanitarian aid organisations.

I completely agree that it is important to keep money flowing through the Afghan economy and, as I said, we are working with the World Bank on that. On 25 January—a couple of weeks ago—the UK also supported the Asian Development Bank with a £405 million support package for the Afghan people, funded from the Asian Development Fund.

[Official Report, 9 February 2022, Vol. 708, c. 951.]

Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, the hon. Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford).

An error has been identified in the response given to the hon. Member for Westminster North (Ms Buck).

The correct response should have been:

I completely agree that it is important to keep money flowing through the Afghan economy and, as I said, we are working with the World Bank on that. On 25 January—a couple of weeks ago—the UK also supported the Asian Development Bank with a $405 million support package for the Afghan people, funded from the Asian Development Fund.

Health and Social Care

Dentist Industry and NHS Backlogs

The following is an extract from the Adjournment debate on the Dentist Industry and NHS Backlogs on 7 February 2022.

For most of last year, dental teams were allowed only up to 40% of normal activity. It was not until the end of last year that they could go up to 65%, and just around Christmas time that they were able to go up to 85% of normal activity. Even today, they are still not allowed to go back to 100% of normal activity, simply because infection control measures make it important that space, intervals between patients and cleaning between patients continue…I reassure my hon. Friend that when we were at 20%, 40% and 65%, dentists were getting paid 100% of their contract value; it is only since the Christmas period, when we went to 85%, that they have not been paid the full 100%. Throughout most of the pandemic, even though they were seeing fewer patients than their contract allowed because of infection control measures, they were getting 100% of their contract value.

[Official Report, 7 February 2022, Vol. 708, c. 778.]

Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the hon. Member for Lewes (Maria Caulfield).

Errors have been identified in my response to my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington South (Andy Carter).

The correct response should have been:

For some of last year, dental teams were delivering only up to 40% of normal activity. It was not until the end of last year that the threshold went up to 65%, and just around Christmas time that they were able to go up to 85% of normal activity. Even today, many are still not able to go back to 100% of normal activity, simply because infection control measures make it important that space, intervals between patients and cleaning between patients continue…I reassure my hon. Friend that when we were at 20%, 40%, and 65%, dentists were getting paid 100% of their contract value; it is only since the Christmas period, when we went to 85%, that there is no lower-level threshold, and they may not be paid the full 100%. Throughout most of the pandemic, even though they were seeing fewer patients than their contract allowed because of infection control measures, they were getting 100% of their contract value.