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Military Aid

Volume 406: debated on Friday 23 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what military aid has been provided by the UK to the 20 poorest nations, measured by GDP, in each year since 1997; and what the value of the aid was in each case. [112653]

HMG carries out a wide range of defence activity with bilateral and multilateral partners, much of which could be described as "military aid" or "military assistance". Such activity is carried out both by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence, and funded from a number of sources, including the joint FCO/MOD/DfID Conflict Prevention Fund.

Detailed records are not maintained centrally. As such the detail of the information sought, including on the value of such assistance, could be provided only at disproportionate cost.