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Aid Expenditure

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of UK’s GDP was used for international aid in each of the last 10 years. (113345)

International Aid figures are reported as a percentage of Gross National Income (GNI) and the UK figures for the last 10 years are listed in the following table.

Further information on UK international aid as a percentage of GNI is published in Table 5 of “Statistics on International Development 2001/02-2005/06”, a copy of which is available in the Library.

Official development assistance (ODA)

Other official flows (OOF)

Official aid1

Total

GNI

Total as a percentage of GNI

1996

2,050

52

232

2,334

762,853

0.31

1997

2,096

-69

206

2,233

811,797

0.28

1998

2,332

-33

262

2,561

869,706

0.29

1999

2,118

-15

252

2,355

904,737

0.26

2000

2,974

-47

290

3,217

954,054

0.34

1,005

2001

3,179

2

320

3,501

313

0.35

1,069

2002

3,281

-3

329

3,607

839

0.34

1,132

2003

3,847

30

428

4,306

938

0.38

1,202

2004

4,302

-85

455

4,672

075

0.39

1,253

2005

5,923

-54

416

6,285

561

0.50

1 Official Aid ceased to exist from 2005 for OECD-DAC reporting purposes. However, the UK Government still give aid to countries that would previously been classified as Official Aid, such as Russia and new EU member countries.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the Government has spent on aid projects in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq in each of the last five years. (113346)

UK Bilateral Aid and the Imputed share of Multilateral Expenditure for Afghanistan and Iraq for each of the last five years for which data are available is set out in the following tables.

The full breakdown of Bilateral Aid is published in Table 12.3 of “Statistics on International Development 2001/02-2005/06”, a copy of which is available in the Library.

Table 1: Total spending in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last five years

£000

Development assistance1

Humanitarian assistance

Total DFID bilateral programme

Aid from other UK official sources2

Total bilateral gross public expenditure

Afghanistan

2001-02

53

49,943

49,996

31

50,027

2002-03

30,292

44,253

74,546

1,472

76,018

2003-04

69,225

10,457

79,683

19,912

99,595

2004-05

72,522

7,067

79,589

19,370

98,959

2005-06

95,040

3,390

98,430

28,519

126,949

Iraq3

2001-02

7,760

7,760

7,760

2002-03

18,853

18,853

18,853

2003-04

99,261

110,052

209,313

5,000

214,313

2004-05

27,724

21,383

49,107

342,400

391,507

2005-06

82,105

4,764

86,869

339,380

426,249

1 Includes financial aid, technical cooperation, grants and aid in kind, and total DFID debt relief.

2 Includes non-DFID debt relief, British Council, and the Global Conflict Pool.

3 Recorded flows to Iraq before 2003-04 are humanitarian assistance provided through UN agencies and Civil Society Organisations for Iraqi citizens. No aid was provided to the Government of Iraq during that period.

Source:

Statistics on International Development 2001/02 - 2005/06.

Table 2 : Imputed multilateral shares for Afghanistan and Iraq

£ million

EC

Other

UN

World Bank

Grand total

Afghanistan

2000

2.6

0.0

1.3

0.0

4.0

2001

5.4

0.0

1.3

0.0

6.7

2002

11.5

2.9

2.1

0.0

16.5

2003

14.3

3.0

1.4

0.0

18.7

2004

21.3

1.5

4.0

0.0

26.7

Iraq

2000

1.1

0.0

0.4

0.0

1.4

2001

1.3

0.0

0.4

0.0

1.8

2002

1.0

0.0

0.7

0.0

1.7

2003

4.2

0.0

1.1

0.0

5.3

2004

13.8

0.0

0.5

0.0

14.3