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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was allocated to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development by the Government in each of the last three years; what commitments regarding future funding have been entered into; and if she will make a statement. (134651)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) contributed:

2006

11,190,557.70

2005

10,994,179.04

2004

10,515,959.77

to the Part I (core) budget of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which funds the work of OECD committees and to which all member states contribute. As agreed with the OECD, the FCO pays these contributions quarterly, though the cost in sterling varies, owing to exchange rate fluctuations. The FCO contributes separately to budgets to cover the redevelopment costs of the OECD's Paris headquarters, pensions, and publications.

In 2007, UK assessed contributions for Part I amount to €11,354,731.20. As the OECD's budget is agreed bi-annually, we are committed to paying the same amount as in 2007 plus a nominal 1 per cent. increase in 2008. However, the exact figure will only be known in January 2008 as it depends on the UK's share of the overall OECD budget, which is calculated annually based on the size of member states' gross domestic product.

These totals exclude UK contributions to Part II organisations, such as the International Energy Agency or the Sahel Club, as well as voluntary payments for specific areas of OECD work, which individual Government Departments pay directly periodically. The figures in the table denote the total voluntary contributions to Part I of the OECD budget by all UK Government Departments:

(€)

Contributions

2006

3,850,246

38

2005

2,705,040

31

2004

3,103,409

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