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Stabilisation Aid Fund

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide a breakdown of his Department's contribution of £15,350,000 to the Stabilisation Aid Fund as referred to in the written ministerial statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 78-9WS, on departmental expenditure limits. (257969)

The Stabilisation Aid Fund (SAF) amounts to £73 million in 2008-09. For the purpose of the fund’s financial management, the SAF sits on the MOD’s baseline, but is managed jointly by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the MOD. During the course of the financial year, the MOD has transferred funds to the FCO and DFID according to their forecast expenditure on SAF projects. The transfer of £15.35 million at spring supplementary estimates to the FCO is to cover residual forecast expenditure across a number of projects. Of this, £1.75 million is for project costs in Iraq, and £13.6 million for project costs in Afghanistan.