HC Deb 24 February 1993 vol 219 c589W
Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much aid per year the British Government give to Thailand, how much aid is given(a) to the Government and (b) to nongovernmental organisations; and what the aid is used for.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

In the last three years for which figures are available, gross United Kingdom bilateral aid expenditure to Thailand was as follows:

1989–90 1990–91 1991–92
(a) Official channels 11,318 9,071 3,644
(b) Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) 362 458 423
11,680 9,529 4,067

Multilateral aid to Thailand attributed to the United Kingdom is estimated to have been £3,320,000 in 1989, the latest available figure.

The totals at (a) comprise assistance under the aid and trade provision, principally the supply of locomotives, funds from the Commonwealth Development Corporation—present coverage includes development finance, housing, industry and natural resources—disaster relief, drug-related aid, and technical co-operation projects focused on United Kingdom training, English language teaching, flax processing, water, sanitation and public administration.

The aid through NGOs (b) covers a host of sectors including social and women's development, environmental conservation, income generation, education, health and agriculture, and includes work with prostitutes and street children through Christian Aid.

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