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Overseas Aid

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much aid his Department has provided to Zimbabwe in the last 12 months; (256648)

(2) how much aid his Department has provided to (a) Bangladesh, (b) Sri Lanka, (c) Lebanon and (d) Somalia in the last 12 months;

(3) how much aid his Department has provided to the Democratic Republic of Congo in the last 12 months;

(4) how much aid his Department has provided to Somaliland in the last 12 months;

(5) how much aid his Department has provided to Gaza in the last 12 months.

Details on the Department for International Development (DFID) bilateral expenditure and imputed share of multilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) are contained in the DFID publication ‘Statistics on International Development’. This publication is available from in the Library and online at:

www.dfid.gov.uk

Relevant figures are produced in the following table.

It is difficult to give precise figures for Gaza, as some of our aid is earmarked for activities in both Gaza and the west bank. Figures for both Gaza and the west bank are presented below. Similarly, it is not possible to give separate figures for Somaliland, as it is part of the Somalia programme. Figures for Somalia are produced in the following table.

DFID expenditure in 2007-08

£000

Total DFID bilateral expenditure

DFID imputed multilateral shares

Zimbabwe

43,266

7,427

Bangladesh

129,392

42,027

Sri Lanka

1,817

6,290

Lebanon

169

7,111

Somalia

25,724

8,812

Democratic Republic of Congo

82,711

34,297

West Bank and Gaza

45,033

58,316