HC Deb 17 January 1992 vol 201 cc677-8W
Mr. Atkinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the contributions made to date, and planned under the know-how funds for central and eastern Europe; and if he will make a statement on those countries not yet in receipt of the fund.

Mrs. Chalker

Expenditure under the fund in 1989–90, 1990–91 and commitments to date in 1991–92 by country are as follows:

1989–90 1990–91 1991–92
£ million £ million £ million
Poland 2.3 10.9 11.5
Hungary n/a 1.6 6.1
Czechoslovakia n/a 2.0 6.4
Ex-German Democratic Republic n/a 0.5 n/a
Bulgaria n/a n/a 1.3
Romania n/a n/a 1.3
Baltic States/Former Soviet Union n/a n/a 10.0

Our total budget for 1991–92 is £36 million which, allowing for a small amount of slippage, we expect to spend in full. The budget for 1992–93 has been increased to £46 million which again we hope to spend in full.

We have no plans at present to extend the fund to any further countries.