§ Mr. Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the United Kingdom 359W contribution to the European Community grant to promote democracy in Namibia; and if he will make a statement on how it is to be distributed to the parties concerned in the forthcoming elections.
§ Mrs. Chalker
We have checked with the European Commission, which is not aware of any such grant. Provision for measures in preparation for Namibian independence was written into the Community's 1989 budget, but no money has yet been allocated to that budget line.
European Community assistance to Namibia to date has consisted of support for non-governmental organisations, food aid and assistance to Namibian refugees.