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Red Cross

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department contributed to the International Committee of the Red Cross in each year since 2001; and how those contributions were classified. (112767)

Since 2001 DFID has made the following contributions to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC):

£ million

2001

47.1

2002

52.8

2003

49.9

2004

37.4

2005

42.8

Final figures are not yet available for 2006. These contributions are classified as humanitarian aid.

DFID has an institutional partnership with the ICRC to provide predictable multi-year funding. This was £17 million in 2001; between 2002 and 2006 it was £18.5 million per annum, and we have just agreed an increase to £20 million per annum. The balance of funding is provided in response to specific emergency appeals.