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European Development Fund

Volume 24: debated on Tuesday 25 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what projects on population and family planning programmes and on rural health schemes have been funded through the European development fund in each of the past two years; and what proportion such amounts represent of total spending by the European development fund in each of those years.

As far as I am aware no projects have been approved for population control or family planning, but commitments to the new rural health projects listed as follows were worth 3,251,000 ECUs (£1·146 million) in 1980 and 10,935,000 ECUs (£6·02 million) in 1981. These represented respectively 0·8 per cent. and 1·6 per cent. of EDF commitments in those years to the ACP countries. I shall ask the Commission to amplify this and will write to the hon. Member.

List of projects approvedMn ECU
Mauritania—Technical assistance for health services0·4
Equatorial Guinea—Medical supplies and hospital rehabilitation1·0
St. Lucia—Health aspects of Roseau Agricultural Resettlement and Diversification project0·031
Senegal—Construction of nurses training school1·35
Congo—Supplementary financing for Nkayi Hospital0·47
Senegal—Supplementary financing for nurses training school1·995
St. Vincent and the Grenadines—Hospital and health centre improvement2·0
Mauritius—Medical supplies1·7
Zambia—Health centres supplementary financing2·0
Mali—Nioro region primary health care2·57
Mauritania—National health infrastructure0·67