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Darwin Initiative

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding and other resources have been (a) spent in each of the last three financial years and (b) allocated for each of the next three financial years for the Darwin Initiative fund. (132432)

The information is as follows:

(a) Expenditure on the Darwin Initiative in each of the last three years was as follows:

£ million

2003-04

3.7

2004-05

4.5

2005-06

6.7

It is still too early to provide accurate and verified figures for expenditure under the Darwin Initiative for the 2006-07 financial year.

(b) The budget is £7 million for this financial year (2007-08). The allocation for future years will be determined in light of the outcome of the comprehensive spending review.