House of Lords written question – answered on 21st March 2011.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will reduce budget support for Uganda in the light of the increase in government spending prior to the last general election.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma Lords Spokesperson (Home Office) (Equalities and Women's Issues), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

The Government have not yet taken a decision on budget support for Uganda for financial year 2011-12 and beyond. What we do know is that the process for making this decision will be more rigorous in the future, and will follow two basic steps. The first is to assess the Government of Uganda's commitment to the following: poverty reduction and the millennium development goals; respecting human rights and other international obligations; improving public financial management, promoting good governance and transparency and fighting corruption; and strengthening domestic accountability. The second step will involve assessing whether budget support can achieve better results and value for money than other instruments.

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