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Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on UK aid to Armenia. (92515)

DFID's bilateral programme in Armenia is focused on supporting public administration and public financial management reforms and regional development. We are also working jointly with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development to help the Government develop a financing strategy for the water sector. We are supporting projects, funded from a multilateral trust fund set up by the World Bank and DFID, to rehabilitate communal heating systems and to provide affordable water and wastewater services for poor communities. Our bilateral programme allocation in 2006-7 is £3.7 million.

Since 2003 the UK has provided £3.2 million to support conflict resolution. These funds are provided from the joint FCO/DFID/MOD Global Conflict Prevention Pool (GCPP).The Consortium Initiative, comprising three international non-government organisations, is managing a programme which aims to help resolve the dispute over Nagorno Karabakh. In view of Armenia's achieving middle income country status in January 2006 we have informed the Government of Armenia that DFID's bilateral programme will end in 2008. Thereafter, DFID support will be provided through our share of the programmes of the multilateral agencies. In 2004, the most recent year for which figures are available, the UK's imputed share of these programmes was £3.4 million.