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Global Opportunities Fund

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent on each Global Opportunities Fund project in financial year 2006-07. (139947)

Spend on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Global Opportunities Fund programmes in financial year 2006-07 was as follows:

Amount (£ million)

Climate change and energy

4.6

Counter-terrorism

7.1

Drugs and crime

6.6

Economic governance

4.8

Engaging with the Islamic world

8.6

Human rights

3.4

Migration

1.9

Overseas territories

4.6

Reuniting Europe

5.6

Sustainable development

1.6

In addition, the Global Opportunities Fund contributed £16.3 million to the Afghan counter-narcotics programme.

Until the FCO accounts close in July, these figures are subject to further end-of-year adjustments.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had on future funding for the Global Opportunities Fund; and what the timetable is for allocation of funding for the next five years. (140247)

Future funding for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) Global Opportunities Fund (GOF) will be considered as part of the FCO's Resource Allocation Round for 2008-09 to 2010-11 once the outcome of the comprehensive spending review is known. The GOF is an increasingly important tool for the delivery of the Government's strategic priorities, enabling us to fund projects that can help to transform a given debate or issue in priority countries.