Tristan da Cunha

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Labour, Chorley

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much financial support has been given to (a) St. Helena, (b) Tristan da Cunha and (c) the Ascension Islands in each of the last five years.

Mr. Gareth Thomas:

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DFID bilateral disbursements for St. Helena in the Financial years 1998–99 to 2002–03 were as follows:

£000
1998–99 8,805
1999–2000 9,363
2000–01 10,116
2001–02 10,106
2002–03 9,555

These figures include some modest support for Tristan da Cunha, totalling less than £200,000 annually. We do not provide any direct bilateral assistance to Ascension Island.

St. Helena, Tristan da Cunha and Ascension Island also receive some assistance from the FCO Good Governance Fund and Economic Diversification Programme. Those figures for the same period are as follows:

St. Helena Ascension Island Tristan da Cunha
1998–99 163,274
1999–2000 231,040 64,410 33,563
2000–01 212,002 126,859
2001–02 321,359 288,445 9,504
2002–03 436,428 15,000 187,932

Since 1995, St. Helena has also been allocated a total of 14.35 million euros from European Union funds.

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