HC Deb 20 November 2000 vol 357 c32W
Mr. Spring

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will provide a breakdown of the special missions and services included in the other external relations section of his Department's expenditure plans for 2000–01. [138354]

Mr. Hain

The planned expenditure of £17.574 million for special missions and services, information services, sponsored visits and lecture tours, given at Table 28 of the departmental expenditure plans for 2000–01 (Command 4609), is broken down as follows:

  1. (a) £7.274 million for general programme activities comprising payments for:
    • Military training delivered by loan service personnel—£923K
    • Other training assistance—£771K
    • Environmental policy—£665K
    • Climate change challenge fund—£500K
    • Royal visits—£487K
    • Conflict prevention—£448K
    • War Crimes Tribunal—£350K
    • Small Commonwealth states office—£256K
    • Peacekeeping incidental expenses (visas, medication)—£240K
    • Commonwealth human rights fund—£205K
    • Counter terrorism assistance—£204K
    • Peacekeeping training—£204K
    • Crisis management—£125K
    • Other programme items of less than £100K—£1.895 million
  2. (b) £2.8 million sponsorship of visits to the UK by foreign dignitaries
  3. (c) £3.7 million command programme budgets covering several hundred small overseas assistance projects under £25K.
  4. (d) £1.4 million consular information campaign.
  5. (e) £1.3 million challenge fund—overseas assistance projects over £25K where FCO funds are often matched by private sponsorship.
  6. (f) £1.1 million OSCE projects.
  7. These planning figures are based on expenditure during the previous year.

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