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Overseas Aid

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 13 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to his contribution of 14 December 2009, Official Report, column 645, on Afghanistan and the EU Council, how much Ministry of Defence spending on humanitarian aid will contribute to the Government's 0.7 per cent. overseas development commitment. (309672)

The only Ministry of Defence (MOD) contribution to UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) is through its joint management of the Conflict Pool. The Conflict Pool is a tri-departmental fund managed with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for International Development (DFID). Approximately 80 per cent. of spending under the Conflict Pool is projected to be ODA eligible. The MOD is expected to manage approximately £60 million of Conflict Pool funds in 2009-10.