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Conflict Prevention Pool

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what percentage, and how much, of the Conflict Prevention Pool budget for the financial years (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04 and (c) 2004–05 is allocated to (i) military activity, (ii) humanitarian relief, (iii) education, (iv) military equipment, (v) direct grants to governments and (vi) administration; and if he will make a statement; [117909](2) what the priority

(a) countries and (b) themes are for the Conflict Prevention Pool; and if he will make a statement; [117910]

(3) what money is available for use in each of the priority areas of the Conflict Prevention Pool; and what percentage these allocations represent as a proportion of the total budget. [117911]

For 2003–04, the Global Conflict Prevention Pool (GCPP) has a programme allocation of £74 million. Programme allocations fund 14 strategies, which can be regional or thematic. The allocations to GCPP priority countries and thematic strategies for financial year 2002–04, set in March 2003 by a Ministerial Committee, which I chair, are:

Strategies£ millionPercentage
Belize and Guatemala1.792.04
Central and Eastern Europe4.805.46
Indonesia/East Timor1.481.68
Middle-East and North-Africa5.005.68
Russia/Former Soviet Union11.5013.07
Security Sector Reform5.055.74
Small Arms, Light Weapons9.4510.74
Sri Lanka1.101.25
United Nations10.6912.15
The total allocated is higher than the Treasury funding allocation for financial year 2003–04 of £74 million because it incorporates funds carried over from previous years and over-programming on the basis of experience of previous spend patterns. Final allocations for 2004–05 will not be set until later this financial year.Strategies allocate funds to specific projects, which may include a number of activities, though the provision of humanitarian aid is not generally a call on the Conflict Prevention Pools. Projects within Global Pool strategies cover a wide range of activity. To provide a budgetary breakdown would incur disproportionate costs.The planned Global Conflict Prevention Pool report will, however, give a better insight into activities under each strategy. It is due to be published later in the year and copies will be placed in the Library of the House.