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Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what restrictions are placed on aid payments to Colombia; and if she will make a statement. [18598]

We are reducing bilateral assistance to Colombia in line with our focus on the poorest countries in the region. By the end of this year, it will be limited to a £140,000 fund to support civil society. We also contribute the equivalent of about £2 million a year to EC programmes. In recognition of the circumstances in Colombia, these focus on supporting the peace process and humanitarian aid.