HC Deb 26 April 1990 vol 171 c283W
Mrs. Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the £500,000 of aid for Romania, announced on 5 April, is to be paid from the overseas aid programme; whether it is to be administered by the Overseas Development Administration or the joint Overseas Development Administration-Foreign and Commonwealth Office east European unit; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Chalker

Our contribution to the World Health Organisation's programme of assistance for the Romanian health service is an exceptional one-off payment from the know-how fund for eastern Europe, in response to Romania's particularly acute humanitarian needs. Expenditure from the fund is met from a separate section of the aid vote, but is additional to and separate from the agreed PES provision for overseas aid to developing countries. The contribution is being administered by the eastern European department of the diplomatic wing of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.