To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the current level of bilateral aid and EC provisions for El Salvador and Nicaragua; what are the plans for the rest of the current financial year; and if he will make a statement.
We have a bilateral technical cooperation programme for El Salvador which will continue —£154,000 in 1988 including disaster relief. I recently announced that we were starting a modest technical cooperation programme for Nicaragua, which should get under way during the year. As regards EC provisions, EC commitments are made in respect of individual projects from within the total allocated annually for the Asia and Latin America programme. Figures for EC commitments in recent years are: