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Contingency Fund (Aid Budget)

Volume 86: debated on Monday 11 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was the amount outstanding in the Contingency Fund for the aid budget at the latest available date; and if he will make a statement.

As is normal at this stage in the financial year, a relatively small amount remains unallocated.

Given the immense demands that have rightly been made on the Contingency Fund this year, by how much does the Minister expect to be able to top up the fund before the end of the year?

The Contingency Fund and our other resources will be sufficient to deal with all the needs that arise in this financial year.

Can my right hon. Friend assure the House that he has done everything possible to ensure that tomorrow's statement from the Chancellor brings satisfactory news on the Contingency Fund and the main fund?

I advise my hon. Friend to await tomorrow afternoon's autumn statement from my right hon. Friend the Chancellor.