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Volume 229: debated on Thursday 22 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the current total of outstanding official debt owed to the United Kingdom by countries in Sub-Saharan Africa; and how much of that debt is owned to (a) the Export Credits Guarantee Department, (b) the Overseas Development Administration and (c) the Commonwealth Development Corporation.

I have been asked to reply.Total outstanding official debt owed to ECGD and ODA by countries in Sub-Saharan Africa is currently £3·6 billion and £98 million respectively. Debt owed to the Commonwealth Development Corporation is not treated as official debt.