House of Lords written question – answered on 20th 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 Malawi purchased an executive jet for the President of Malawi 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)

The Government of Malawi did purchase an executive jet for the President of Malawi in 2009 while receiving general budget support from the UK through the Department for International Development (DfID) in 2009.

DfID cut £3 million from its planned £22 million general budget support in 2009 due to concerns about the implications of the purchase of the jet for sound public financial management and for the Government of Malawi's commitment to poverty reduction.

The UK Government suspended general budget support to Malawi indefinitely in July 2011. The Secretary of State for International Development took the decision after the Government of Malawi repeatedly failed to address UK concerns over economic management and governance.

This comes as the Government reduce general budget support across the world by 43 per cent and tighten up the principles on which budget support agreements are made more generally.

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