asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they have reduced their support for the Commonwealth Institute in the financial years 1996–97 and 1997–98; and, if so, whether they will reverse any such trend in 1998–99 and in future years. [HL2326]
The previous government informed the Commonwealth Institute in July 1994 that their grant in aid would be £1 million in the financial year 1996–97, £800,000 in 1997–98 and £600,000 in 1998–99. These figures have been confirmed at intervals since. Until the comprehensive spending review is completed. I am unable to say anything specific about funding for the Commonwealth Institute in 1999–2000 and in future years.