§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to improve world-wide access to family planning and education; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
We are continuing to increase our support to population programmes in developing countries, focusing particularly on strengthening family planning services and support for the purchase of contraceptives. We are on course to achieve the goal which we announced in August 1991 of establishing at least 15 new bilateral population projects over the following two years. New contraceptive supply projects have been initiated in four African countries.
We are also looking for opportunities to increase our support for adult education, particularly in women's literacy which has a close relationship with the demand for family planning advice.