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Nepal: DfID Programmes

Volume 686: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which cancelled or deferred Department for International Development programmes in Nepal have been resumed since April 2006; and what are the revised budgets under the country programmes for 2005–06 and 2006–07.[HL7999]

Following the takeover by King Gyanendra in February 2005, DfID programmes in support of the police, prison service and Prime Minister's office were withdrawn and have not been reinstated.

DfID is currently reviewing its programme and strategic objectives in Nepal to ensure that its support takes full account of the changing political and conflict context. The case for reinstating cancelled programmes will be examined as part of this broader review.

A review of the Nepal programme following the takeover by the King set planning figures for the country programme of £32 million in 2005-06 and £30 million in 2006-07. In June 2006, DfID Ministers increased the 2006-07 planning figure to £33 million.