Thank you to those who have contacted me recently about the eradication of polio, I appreciate the concerns you have raised. 

I am pleased that the Government is completely committed to the global eradication of polio. The Secretary of State for International Development makes the most of opportunities to raise awareness of polio eradication efforts and, wherever appropriate, discusses polio with her international counterparts. For example, last year the Secretary of State made a keynote speech at Rotary International with representatives from India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Indonesia, along with key polio campaigners and global health bodies.

The UK Government continues to be a strong supporter of global polio eradication efforts. In 2013 we committed £300 million over six years to polio eradication which will help vaccinate up to 360 million children. The UK also actively participates in the global Polio Oversight Board, helping to ensure a strong focus on results and achieving eradication.

With India declared polio-free in 2014 a world without polio is now tantalisingly close, and it is crucial to maintain international momentum. I welcome the fact that as of October 2015 there had, for the first time, been no polio cases in Africa for more than a year. That is incredible progress, and we will finish off that job.