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Sri Lanka

Volume 174: debated on Tuesday 12 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will detail British aid to Sri Lanka in the current financial year, and for each of the following three years, giving dates of announcement of projects; if he will place copies of all associated press releases in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

British aid disbursements to Sri Lanka in the current financial year are expected to amount to around £12 million on a number of on-going activities. These include reconstruction aid, following the civil disturbances, for roads, schools and the Jaffna hospital as well as support for community development projects, the power, natural resources and education sectors.It is not possible at this stage to indicate in detail what further projects will be supported from the aid programme in the next three years or when they will be announced. A number of possibilities are currently being appraised for possible eventual agreement between Her Majesty's Government and the Government of Sri Lanka. These include forestry and road rehabilitation.Copies of all press releases from the ODA are placed in the House of Commons Library.