§ 46. Mr. Stanbrook
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of overseas aid is devoted to the payment of pensions to retired members of the Overseas Civil Service; and what is the gross amount so paid.
§ Mr. Raison
We expect total expenditure on pensions to former overseas civil servants and their dependants to reach £140 million in the current financial year. This constitutes approximately one-tenth of the Overseas Development Administration's total budget. Of this about £19 million, representing the pre-independence element of these pensions, will count as aid. This is approximately 1.5 per cent. of the gross overseas aid budget.