HL Deb 18 January 2005 vol 668 cc97-8WA
Lord Judd

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What proportion of the Global Pool on Conflict Resolution has been devoted to work on small arms issues in each of the past five years; what proportion will be so devoted in each of the next five years; and within these global figures, what percentage the funding has been or will be devoted to Africa. [HL514]

Baroness Amos

The Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) strategy was established in 2001 with the creation of the Global Conflict Prevention Pool (GCPP). The recent Spending Review (SR) 2004 provided the allocation of funding for 2005–06 to 2007–08 (please see the table below).

Funding for the GCPP beyond 2007–08 will be determined by the next SR in 2006. The allocation of funds for individual strategies within the GCPP for 2007–08 and 2008–09 will also take place in 2006.

Total GCPP expenditure (DfID/FCO/MoD) SALW expenditure SALW expenditure as percentage of GCPP expenditure
2001–02 £40.8 million £3.4 million 8.3 per cent
2002–03 £65.6 million £6.4 million 9.8 per cent
2003–04 £88.3 million £8.1 million 9.2 per cent
2004–05 £96.4 million £5.4 million 8.1 per cent.
(forecast) (forecast) (forecast)
2005–06 £79.7 million £4.0 million 5.0 per cent.
(forecast) (forecast) (forecast)
2006–07 £71 million £3.3 million 4.7 per cent.
(forecast) (forecast) (forecast)

Over the four years in which the pool has been in existence, approximately 20 per cent of SALW projects have been exclusively dedicated to work in Africa. However, a further 70 per cent of funds have been used to support projects with a global reach. This makes it difficult to give precise figures for the extent to which the SALW strategy has funded work in Africa.

For example, the Global Pool Strategy funds the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) and has committed £1.3 million to date. IANSA works with approximately 550 civil society organisations worldwide. The purpose of their project is to increase political commitment, raise public awareness and co-ordinate global action to effect policy change in tackling small arms proliferation and misuse.

Although the SALW strategy has been allocated funds for the financial years 2005–06 and 2006–07, those funds have not yet been allocated to specific projects in Africa or elsewhere.