16 March 2022
Harriett Baldwin urges priority for education in Afghanistan humanitarian pledging conference

Speaking to the Deputy Prime Minister, standing in for the PM who is in Saudi Arabia, Harriett Baldwin highlights the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and calls for education to be a priority at the forthcoming pledging conference that the UK is hosting later this month. 

Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire) (Con)

Q7.   The eyes of the world are rightly focused on Putin’s evil invasion of Ukraine, but there is still a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. I welcome the fact that, later this month, the UK Government are hosting a pledging conference for that crisis. Will my right hon. Friend ensure that we also keep education for those poor children on the agenda? (906099)

The Deputy Prime Minister (Dominic Raab)

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. We will keep the focus on Afghanistan and the many other conflicts around the world that need our support. That particular conference will provide specific support for girls to access education, which is a long-standing priority of the Prime Minister. We have doubled our humanitarian aid to Afghanistan for the financial year to £286 million.