Overseas Territories

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th October 2010.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual cost to the Exchequer of each of the overseas territories and what is the breakdown of those costs.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

The following government departments meet the costs of, and provide the majority of the assistance to, the Overseas Territories: the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development, the Ministry of Defence, the Department for Transport and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The UK is responsible for 14 Overseas Territories. The following figures cover staff and administration costs in support of defence, safety and security, good governance, sustainable development and the environment. Where possible, the costs have been broken down by Territory.

Department Cost (£ million) 2009/10
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Overseas Territories Directorate-Home and Overseas Costs £6.2 million
Overseas Territories Programme Fund: Polar Regions £0.9 million
Overseas Territories Programme Fund: Contribution to the British Indian Ocean Territory £1.5 million
Overseas Territories Programme Fund: Restoration of Good Governance in Turks and Caicos Islands £1.4 million
Overseas Territories Programme Fund: cross-territory programmes £2.4 million
Gibraltar-Home Costs £0.3 million
Gibraltar-Overseas Costs £1.1 million
Department for International Development
Administration costs home and overseas £2.27 million
Programme Costs (Montserrat, Pitcairn, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan Da Cunha, Turks and Caicos Islands and cross-territory programmes) £50 million
Ministry of Defence
Gibraltar £57 million
British Forces in Ascension and Falklands £72 million
British Indian Ocean Territory £0.5 million
Department for Transport
Programme and running costs for aviation and maritime safety and air accident investigations £3.1 million
Programme and running costs for aviation and maritime security compliance inspection activities. £0.25 million
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Biodiversity Programme Costs £0.25 million
Darwin Projects £0.046 million
Total: £199.22 million

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