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Correction to Parliamentary Question 91082

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

The hon. Member for St Ives (Andrew George) asked about the level of UK public investment for Angola. I regret that my reply on 13 September 2006, Official Report, column 2357W contained two incorrect figures. The first related to DFID’s contribution to a UNICEF £18 million Southern Africa programme from which Angola benefits. I stated that DFID contributes £3.5 million to this programme. In fact, DFID is contributing the full £18 million, of which Angola will receive approximately £3 million. A pursuant response was issued on 14 September 2006, Official Report, column 2546W correcting this.

The second error related to DFID’s contribution to the World Bank’s Demobilisation and Reintegration Programme in Angola. I stated that DFID is contributing US$25 million over five years to this programme. In fact DFID is contributing this amount to the entirety of the World Bank’s Multi-Country Demobilisation and Reintegration Programme, which comprises support to seven countries including Angola. The World Bank’s Demobilisation and Reintegration Programme in Angola is budgeted at US$84.2 million, of which US$48.4 million is being funded through the Multi-Donor Trust Fund to which DFID contributes US$25 million over five years (with an imputed share to Angola of US$2.4 million).

These errors were due to a lack of readily available data on the extent to which individual countries benefit from regional programmes. I regret that this occurred. DFID actively pursued correction to these figures as soon as the errors were discovered, and will closely monitor future funding flows to Angola from regional programmes.