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Aid Budget

Volume 23: debated on Monday 10 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of the overseas aid budget is spent on education.

We spend about 12 per cent. of our bilateral aid programme on aid to education. The following table summarises our bilateral aid to education for 1980, the latest year for which published statistics are available, but it is not possible to quantify our aid to education through multilateral agencies. I have also arranged for copies to be placed in the Library of a recent paper published by my Department on "British Aid to Education in Developing Countries".Following is the information.

Support of experts and volunteers28,618
British Council (including aid administration)24,818
Training in education8,369
Commonwealth education co-operation2,546
Capital aid2,700
Support for higher and technical education through the Inter University Council and TETOC3,292
Miscellaneous schemes including books aid2,526
Total bilateral programme £604 million.