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Overseas Aid: Expenditure

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the Government have spent on foreign aid since 1997. (200523)

Details of total UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) since 1997 are in the following table.

UK Official Development Assistance, 1997 to 2007

£ million

1997

2,096

1998

2,332

1999

2,118

2000

2,974

2001

3,170

2002

3,285

2003

3,834

2004

4,313

2005

5,925

2006

6,770

2007 (provisional)

4,957

Total 1997-2007

41,774

The primary reason for the decline in UK ODA in 2007 is the result of lower levels of debt relief. In 2006 the UK gave more than £1.9 billion in debt relief, primarily to Nigeria; this fell to £35 million in 2007.

Despite the decline in 2007, the UK remains on target to provide 0.7 per cent. of gross national income (GNI) as ODA by 2013, two years ahead of the EU target.