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Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 24 January 2007

8. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan. (110696)

Between 2001 and March 2006 DFID spent over £390 million on reconstruction and development. DFID’s programme focuses on building effective state institutions; improving economic management and supporting rural livelihoods. The best way to do this is by helping the Afghans help themselves—which is why over 70 per cent. of our aid goes directly to the Government of Afghanistan.