House of Lords written question – answered at on 4 July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have received that the Government of Uganda purchased or ordered SU-3-MK2 fighter jets while receiving budget support from the United Kingdom Government.

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)

Her Majesty's Government are aware that in 2010, under the previous Government, the Government of Uganda signed the contracts for the purchase of military equipment. Prior to the last election, in April 2010, the Uganda Joint Budget Support development partners (DPs) wrote to the then Minister of Finance expressing concern about reports in the Ugandan press that the Government had signed a contract for the purchase of six fighter jets. In February 2011, it was confirmed that Uganda had used money from its reserves to upgrade its air force in 2010, which was understood to be for the purchase of 6 Sukhoi 3000 jets.

The Secretary of State has announced that over the next four years, general budget support is set to decline nearly half; our budget support to Uganda will be consistent with this approach.

Decisions on UK budget support to Uganda in financial year 2011-12 have not yet been taken.

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