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Fiji

Volume 130: debated on Wednesday 30 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has concerning the location of the Overseas Development Agency regional office in Fiji; and if he will make a statement.

The future of the British development division in the Pacific was examined in 1984 as part of an efficiency scrutiny. The conclusion was that the division represented a cost-effective vehicle for aid delivery and that it was appropriately located. While I will continue to keep under review the cost-effectiveness and siting of all five of the ODA's development divisions overseas, I have no current plans to relocate the British development division in the Pacific.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what has been the level of United Kingdom assistance to Fiji since the military coup in May 1987; and what information he has about the level of assistance provided by other EEC countries.

United Kingdom assistance to Fiji since the military coup in May 1987 to the end of February 1988 totalled £866,303. Information about aid provided by other European Community countries for so recent a period is not available.