House of Lords written question – answered at on 6 June 2011.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether United Kingdom public funds directly or indirectly contributed to the purchase of a Gulfstream 550 by the Government of Uganda.

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)

During the last Government's time in office, the Government of Uganda (GoU) bought a Gulfstream 550 for presidential flights in the Ugandan financial year 2008/09.

The last Government provided Uganda with budget support; the coalition Government have recently reviewed our overall approach to providing budget support. We are implementing a shift towards targeted funding to important sectors, such as health and education, and reducing general budget support. Over the next four years, general budget support provided by the UK Government is set to decline by 43 per cent. Our budget support to Uganda will be consistent with this approach. Further details of DfID's programme in Uganda can be found on our website (http://www.dfid.

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