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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his latest estimate is of his Department’s capital expenditure in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. (268123)

The latest estimates of expenditure against capital departmental expenditure limits (CDEL) were published on page 214 of the pre-Budget report in November 2008. The Department for International Development estimates that the Department’s expenditure within CDEL will be as follows:

£ million

(a) 2008-09

891

(b) 2009-10

1,366

(c) 2010-11

1,556

Capital DEL budgets for 2011-12 and beyond are a matter for the next spending review.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether funding under the Returns and Reintegration Fund is classified as official development assistance; and if he will make a statement. (268867)

Most of the projects funded by the Returns and Reintegration Fund do not count as Official Development Assistance (ODA).