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Commonwealth Scholarships

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the Answer of 15 September 2008, Official Report, column 2177W, on Commonwealth scholarships, if he will list the contribution his Department (a) made in each of the last five financial years and (b) plans to make in financial years (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10 and (iii) 2010-11 to UK programmes for overseas scholars. (240677)

Contributions to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission from the Department for International Development (DFID) for the past five financial years are as follows:

£

2003-04

10,855,042

2004-05

16,552,820

2005-06

12,426,319

2006-07

14,427,032

2007-08

14,397,405

DFID plans to provide the following funding over the next three financial years to Commonwealth Scholarships:

£

2008-09

15,930,000

2009-10

17,430,000

2010-11

17,500,000