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Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Questions asked in parliment by Labour M.P for Northfield constituency Richard Burden

Left: Richard Burden Labour M.P for Northfield at a pro Gaza rally.

Richard Burden used four out of six questions in Parliament 6/7/2010 to ask about Gaza x3 and international development in Africa x1.


Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the Centre for Progressive Health Financing (a) has provided to date and (b) plans to provide in the next six months to the six developing countries that pledged to remove health user fees at the Healthy Women, Healthy Children event held in the meeting of the UN General Assembly in September 2009.

* Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 July 2010, c209W)

His answer

Andrew Mitchell (Secretary of State, International Development; Sutton Coldfield, Conservative)

The Department for International Development has provided specific technical support on pro-poor health financing to two of the countries that made announcements in September 2009 (Liberia and Sierra Leone). In Nepal, Malawi, Ghana and Burundi, we have continued our support to the health sector, including support to removing financial barriers for the poorest.

I have recently initiated a review of DFID's aid programmes to determine how we can achieve better value for money for the taxpayer and accelerate progress towards the millennium development goals. The way in which we will take forward our support for health financing will be determined as part of this review. END

The BNP policy is to scrap foreign aid until are old people are no longer in poverty.
The BNP policy is to first get our own schools to a first class standard, before paying for schools in foreign countries.

Then he asks about Gaza (three times)

Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) mobile telephones, (b) video cameras and (c) digital cameras confiscated by the Israeli authorities from British members of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla that have yet to be returned.

* Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 July 2010, c231W)

His answer

Alistair Burt (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Afghanistan/South Asia, counter terrorism/proliferation, North America, Middle East and North Africa), Foreign and Commonwealth Office; North East Bedfordshire, Conservative)

We have made no such estimate, though we have been provided with some information by some of the British nationals on the flotilla.

We have been informed by the Israeli authorities that the return of electronic and media equipment is under consideration by the Israeli Defence Forces. We will continue to press for its return and availability for use in the Inquiry, as required by those conducting it. END

His other two questions were about Rover pensions and the scapping of new deal in 2011.

That's fine, but to use four questions out of six to ask about African aid and the rights of Palestinians is not representing the people of Northfield, is it?

You can contact your M.P Richard Burden here.

If you would like an M.P who uses all SIX questions to ask about issues relating to the people of Northfield, then you good people know who to vote for next time, don't you?

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