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North Korea: Overseas Aid

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the Government have provided to North Korea in each of the last 10 years; how much is planned to be provided; and what the (a) purpose and (b) nature of this aid is. (244495)

Details on the UK's bilateral expenditure and imputed share of multilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) in North Korea over the last 10 years are in the following table.

UK gross public expenditure on development to North Korea, 1998-99 to 2007-08

£000

UK bilateral assistance

Imputed UK share of multilateral ODA

1998-99

306

5,888

1999-2000

638

3,493

2000-01

887

3,835

2001-02

2,119

2,372

2002-03

6,715

2003-04

712

2,878

2004-05

712

2,573

2005-06

1,932

2006-07

998

2007-08

732

Of the UK's bilateral assistance, £83,000 in 2000-01, £42,000 in 2001-02 and £30,000 in 2007-08 was provided in support of English language training. In 2007-08, £53,000 was provided to support economic and development planning. All other UK bilateral expenditure was provided as humanitarian assistance.

There are currently no plans for DFID to start a bilateral programme in North Korea.