Derby hosting MP talks on aid to Pakistan in 'prestigious' visit
A COMMITTEE of MPs is coming to Derby tomorrow to listen to the views of people from Pakistan on how aid could best be delivered to their home country.
The International Development Select Committee is made up of MPs from a variety of political parties.
One of its roles is to make recommendations on how the Government collects and distributes aid in countries across the world.
Mid Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham was appointed to the committee in 2010.
She has just returned from a visit to Pakistan where she examined whether the significant increase in UK aid to Pakistan was justified.
Aid will increase to almost £450 million per year by 2015, and the committee wants to look at whether the Government of Pakistan is taking the necessary reforms required by the UK Government.
Now, Mrs Latham has persuaded the committee to come to Derby to hear the views of people from Pakistan living in the UK on how and where they think the money should be spent.
Mrs Latham said: "I don't think the committee has gone out before like this to get people's views.
"We did it for Afghanistan but that was still in London.
"This time they wanted to go somewhere different and one of the members suggested Birmingham and I suggested Derby – and I won.
"It is prestigious to get people coming out to talk to the diaspora community."
Three members of the select committee will meet the group at the JET centre in Normanton Road in the morning.
They have been brought together through recommendations from the council and other groups.
The committee will spend more than two hours talking to them, collecting details and hearing opinions. The three MPs will then go for lunch and discuss the information gathered.
They will then take away the evidence and will report back to the remaining members of the committee before feeding their evidence into a report which is being produced.
The report will be presented to Parliament next year and will share the evidence gathered on how aid is being spent and whether this is being done appropriately.
The committee will then make recommendations on how the situation can be improved.