Caribbean

House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contracts have been awarded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the Caribbean Council; for what services; and for what cost.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Since 2010, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has awarded four Accountable Grant Agreements to the Caribbean Council in support of the Government’s growth and jobs objectives. These were:

November 2011; a grant of £9,051 to part-sponsor a Caribbean Council led trade and investment mission to the Dominican Republic and Haiti.• March 2012; a grant of £10,000 to carry out a scoping study into commercial opportunities for UK companies in Guatemala and El Salvador.• March 2013; a grant of £3,500 to part sponsor a Caribbean Council led trade and investment mission to Guatemala and Nicaragua.• June 2013; a grant of £9,990 to carry out a scoping study into commercial opportunities for UK companies in Guyana and Suriname.

In addition to this, the FCO provides an annual subvention of £25,000 to the Caribbean Council to support its work in promoting and developing trade and investment links between the UK and the Caribbean region.

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