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Contingency Reserves

Volume 264: debated on Thursday 19 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what occasions the contingency reserve specified in table 30 "Breakdown of Aid budget" of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's 1995 departmental report has been included in aid budgets in previous years; and if he will list the level of the contingency reserve incorporated in the 1994 plans for 1994–95 indicating how the money was eventually allocated to programmes; and if he will give equivalent information for the 1993 plans for 1993–94, the 1992 plans for 1992–93, the 1991 plans for 1991–92 and the 1990 plans for 1990–91. [37227]

[holding answer 18 October 1995]: It is standard practice for a contingency reserve to be set aside in the aid budget. The information requested, covering the period 1990–91 to 1994–95, is set out in the table.

Aid Programme Contingency Reserve
£'000
1990–911991–921992–931993–941994–95
Planned allocation40,00075,00070,00070,00075,000
Country programmes8,5804,00013,5006,4724,500
Sectoral programmes2,3092,4005,5803,4654,258
Emergency assistance14,80028,60028,77751,69252,000
Multilateral aid3,23537,04311,0888,3713,406
Aid administration6,035720150
Natural Resources Institute550
Commonwealth Development Corporation5,0005,0005,860
Total allocated39,95973,41364,27570,00070,024