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China: Overseas Aid

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 23 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much UK aid has been allocated to China in 2007-08; what projects are being funded by that aid; and what factors were taken into account when determining whether it was appropriate to allocate UK aid to China. (138380)

DFID’s bilateral programme in China in 2007-08 will be £33.4 million. We provide assistance in the areas of basic education, combating HIV, AIDS and tuberculosis, health system reform and promoting the integration of water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion. This bilateral programme is due to end by 2010-11. The rationale for our bilateral programme is set out in the DFID Country Assistance Plan for 2006-11, a copy of which is available from the DFID website at:

http://www.dfid.gov.uk/pubs/default.asp.

The main justification is the large numbers of poor people who still live on less than $2 per day; and the good use that the Chinese make of international best practice in planning and implementing their own large domestic programmes, which deliver health and basic education services to poor people in China.