MP Puts Question to International Development Minister

Mike Freer, Member of Parliament for Finchley and Golders Green, spoke in the House of Commons this week as he questioned International Development Minister, James Wharton, on the issue of HIV/AIDS.

Mike asked the Minister:

“HIV/AIDS continues to be the largest killer of girls in the developing world. If they cannot go to school because they are ill, they cannot fulfil their potential. What more can the Government do to ensure that girls stay healthy?”

Mr Wharton reiterated the importance of this issue and the need to ensure all people have the access to an education they need and can benefit from, which helps economies to grow and countries can develop their way out of poverty with our support. The Minister added that this Government will be supporting over 11 million children – including 6.5 million girls – into education in sub-Saharan Africa.