HC Deb 25 November 1997 vol 301 cc494-5W
Mr. Bruce George

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what was the level of spending on small community-based projects organised by IFOR and SFOR troops in former Yugoslavia in each of the last two financial years; what is the projected spending on these programmes in the current and next financial year; and if she will make a statement. [16230]

Clare Short

In 1996–97, the first year of operating such projects, my Department spent £7 million. This financial year the budget is £2.5 million. We are currently considering the scope for a further programme next year, redesigned to focus more on support for refugee return and reconciliation.