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HMT Contingency Fund

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office requires a cash advance of £90 million from the Contingencies Fund to cover ongoing operational costs such as the payment of suppliers until Parliament has approved the spring supplementary estimates towards the end of March 2010.

Parliamentary approval for additional resources of £134,619,000 has been sought in the 2009-10 spring supplementary estimate for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Pending that approval, urgent expenditure estimated at £90 million will be met by repayable cash advances from the Contingencies Fund.