HC Deb 14 March 2001 vol 364 cc657-8W
14. Mr. Campbell-Savours

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of gross national product the UK proposes to spend on her Department's activities in 2001–02 on alleviation of poverty in third-world countries. [152222]

Clare Short

Early indications are that the UK is on track to reach an oda/GNP ratio of 0.29 per cent. for calendar year 2000, up from 0.26 per cent. in 1997. We cannot determine what the figure will be for 2001–02 with any certainty at this stage. The recent spending round settlement increased DF1D's development budget to £3.6 billion in the financial year 2003–04 and the Government will ensure that the oda/GNP ratio will rise to 0.33 per cent. by that year.

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