HC Deb 27 January 2004 vol 417 c282W
Mr. Swayne

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what amounts were spent by his Department on(a) reconstruction of civilian infrastructure and (b) humanitarian relief in the first 100 days following the end of high intensity military operations in Iraq. [150222]

Hilary Benn

In the first 100 days after military operations, DFID pledged £100 million to the United Nations Consolidated Appeal. Of this, £65 million was allocated to specific humanitarian programmes including £16 million to the reconstruction of civilian infrastructure. In the same period, DFID committed £32 million to the Red Cross and £6 million to NGOs for humanitarian relief.

Mr. Carmichael

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the money pledged by the UK Government at the Madrid Conference has been(a) allocated to reconstruction projects in Iraq and (b) remains uncommitted; and how much money his Department plans to spend in Iraq in each of the next five years. [151156]

Hilary Benn

To date, DFID has committed £220 million towards humanitarian and reconstruction work in Iraq, £188 million of which has been allocated to specific activities.

At the Madrid Conference in October, the UK made a total financial pledge towards Iraq's reconstruction of £544 million for the three years from April 2003. That figure included £38 million as our share of projected European Community spending in Iraq.

In the current financial year, DFID and other Government Department spending is expected to total £312 million, including £23 million as our share of EC spending. Future UK contributions to Iraq reconstruction are expected to be £134 million in 2004–05 and £98 million in 2005–06. Of these figures, the DFID programme for Iraq reconstruction is expected to account for £91 million and £86 million respectively. The balance is made up of the UK share of currently agreed European Community aid, and other UK Government programmes including the Global Conflict Prevention Pool which is jointly managed by DFID, the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

No decisions have yet been taken on spending on Iraq beyond 2005–06.

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