HC Deb 20 May 2004 vol 421 cc1126-7W
Keith Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid was given to Yemen in each of the last five years; and what plans he has to increase such aid. [R] [173746]

Hilary Benn

Total aid from all donors to Yemen in each of the last five years for which OECD DAC figures are available was:

$ million
1998 370
1999 458
2000 265
2001 461
2002 584

DFID has provided the following aid to Yemen in each of the last five financial years:

£ million
Financial year Amount
1999–2000 1.49
2000–01 2.73
2001–02 2.58
2002–03 5.44
2003–04 16.55
1 Estimate

The amount for 2000–01 includes a one off payment of £1.52 million for pensions, and for 2002–03 a one off payment of £3.16 million for Paris Club debt relief.

DFID's share of European Community (EC) spending in Yemen from 1997–2001 was around £7 million; we have also contributed through the World Bank and the United Nations (UN).

The aid framework for DFID's programme in Yemen is increasing to £5.9 million for 2004–05 and £9.9 million for 2005–06. I will be considering allocations for future years in the light of the Government's Spending Review later this year, and progress with the Yemeni Government's use of our existing aid. The UK is also arguing for an increase in EC spending in Yemen, as the only low income country in the region.