Debt Relief

International Development written question – answered on 17th November 2004.

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Photo of Mr David Stewart Mr David Stewart PPS (Rt Hon Alistair Darling, Secretary of State), Department for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how the increased funding provided to writing off debt in the developing world will affect other projects under his Department's remit.

Mr. Gareth Thomas:

The increased funding provided to writing off debt will be additional to funding provided for DFID's other projects. The UK Government's recent 2004 Spending Review announced that total UK aid would rise to nearly £6.5 billion a year in 2007–08, a real terms increase of 140 per cent. since 1997. Part of the increase announced in the 2004 Spending Review was earmarked for the provision of further debt relief.

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