HC Deb 08 March 2004 vol 418 c1319W
Mr. Laws

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest estimate is of the cost to his Department of(a) the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, (b) the British Council and (c) British Trade International for each year from 1996–97 to 2005–06 (planned); and if he will make a statement. [156610]

Mr. Rammell

The cost to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is shown in the following table:



Foundation for


(b) British


(c) UK Trade



1996–97 2.5 102.4
1997–98 2.7 96.2
1998–99 3.0 97.1
1999–2000 4.0 133.3
2000–01 4.2 137.7 155.8
2001–02 4.3 145.0 136.3
2002–03 4.2 151.5 141.2
2003–04 4.1 165.5 141.2
2004–05 4.1 169.6 142.2
2005–06 n/a 179.6 144.2
1 A full review of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy

(WFD) will take place in summer 2004. his will determine the

level of grant-in-aid WFD will receive in 1.005-06 and beyond.

2 From 1999–2000 the FCO assumed responsibility for DFID's

share of grant-in-aid to the British Council. A machinery of

government transfer from DFID to the FC 0 covered this increase

in expenditure.

3British Trade International (BTI) (now UK Trade and

Investment) was established in May 1999. 2000–01 is the first full

year for which we have a separate figure for BTI.

The figures for 2004–05 and 2005–06 indicate current spending

plans. All future resource allocations may be subject to review in

the light of changing foreign policy prior ties. 2005–06 spending

plans will be covered by the 2004 Spending Review.

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