HC Deb 21 May 1999 vol 331 c451W
Dr. Starkey

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what development funding the Government have provided to(a) Bulgaria, (b) the Czech Republic, (c) Hungary, (d) Poland, (e) Romania and (f) the Slovak Republic, either directly or through the EU, in the areas of (i) the arts, (ii) the environment, (iii) economic development, (iv) education and training and (v) health, since May 1997. [84682]

Mr. Foulkes

The details of bilateral expenditure in these sectors in 1997–98 and 1998–99 is available only for projects with a commitment of over £100,000. (1998–99 figures are provisional.) Expenditure on such projects in areas (ii) (iii) and (iv) was as follows:

Country Economic Development Education and Environment training Totals
Bulgaria 0 0 166
Hungary 883 0 0
Poland 483 131 0
Romania 413 0 76

There were no projects with a commitment of over £100,000 in the health sector and no expenditure at all on the arts.

We do not have a breakdown of EC expenditure by sector. In 1997, the latest year for which we have figures, the estimated UK share of EC net official assistance was as follows:

1997 Imputed UK share of EC net official aid1
Bulgaria 1.38
Czech Republic 5.6
Hungary 7.4
Poland 23.0
Romania 12.3
Slovak Republic 3.6
1Official aid is an internationally recognised statistic