Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Written Parliamentary Question (WPQ)
    Date of Answer: 23.11.2006
    Column References: 453 c189W
    Member Tabling Question: Lilley, Peter
    Topic: Aid Statistics
    Question: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if the £8.5 billion funding announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 10 April 2006 to help fund education in the developing world will be used exclusively to finance schools owned and run by national governments.
    Answering Department: Dept for International Development
    Member Answering Question: Benn, Hilary
    Answer: A significant proportion of our funding will contribute towards the development and implementation of 10 year education sector plans, which will mainly focus on investment in schools, including recruiting and training more teachers, getting more pupils, including girls and disadvantaged children, into and completing school and improving the quality of education. Whether the schools supported are run by governments or include private and voluntary sector schools depends on the countries’ individual plans.We also encourage the involvement of civil society in developing national education policies and provide financial assistance to UK non governmental organisations through Public Partnership Agreements and both international and local non-governmental organisations through support from country programmes.DFID also supports the Education for All Fast Track Initiative (FTI) as it has the potential to provide a pivotal role to achieving universal primary education by 2015. We have committed £150 million to the FTI. DFID will also continue to provide support for education through our partnership with United Nations agencies such as UNESCO and UNICEF and through the UK share of European Community support to education.DF1D supports a number of schemes to develop capacity in countries to ensure growth and development, including investment in secondary, tertiary and vocational education, and lifelong learning and skills. These include the Development Partnerships in Higher Education programme (£15 million from 2006-13) and Scholarship programmes (£14 million per year).
    Question Number: 101165
    Date Tabled: 15.11.2006
    Date for Answer: 20.11.2006
    Legislature: House of Commons (HoC)
    Chamber/Committee: Commons Chamber
    Status: Answered
    Session: 06-07