British Overseas Territories

House of Lords written question – answered on 28 June 2010.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was given in aid to each of the British Overseas Territories in each of the last five years; and whether there are plans to increase the priority of the territories in the Department for International Development's budget.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

Details of aid provided to the British Overseas Territories by the Department for International Development (DfID) are published annually in Statistics onInternational Development, which is available in the Library and on the DFID website at:

Figures for 2005-6 to 2008-9 are reproduced in the table below. Figures for 2009-10 will be published later this year.

£ 000s 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09
St Helena & Dependencies (including Tristan da Cunha) 13,564 15,692 17,550 35,738
Anguilla 895 127
Montserrat 12,617 15,556 17,164 16,276
Turks and Caicos Islands 357 149 178 1,000
Pitcairn 2,582 1,837 1,460 2,115
Gibraltar 2 1
Overseas Territories (Regional Programmes) 1,532 1,771 1,001 804
TOTAL 31,548 35,132 J 37,353 55,933

In the coming months DfID will be reviewing its aid programme to determine how we can achieve better value for money for the taxpayer and fulfil our obligation to the citizens of UK Overseas Territories. Allocation of funding to UK Overseas Territories will be determined as part of the review.

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