Overseas Aid

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, before providing aid to a country, they take account of the size of the defence expenditure of that country.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

When making a decision on providing aid to a country, the Department for International Development (DfID) considers a wide range of criteria-including the pattern of, and trends in, public expenditure. Spending on defence versus education and health, for example, is one aspect of this. National budgeting processes are complex and depend on many different factors. DfID therefore assesses the model for public resource allocation and the resulting distribution of the national budget (across sector, geography, type of spend et cetera) on a case-by-case basis.

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