India: Overseas Aid

Department for International Development written question – answered at on 21 December 2015.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of India regarding the termination of UK aid to India in 2016.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

In November 2012, the Secretary of State for International Development announced the UK would end our programme of financial aid grants to India by the end of 2015. That is exactly what we are doing. We will responsibly fulfil commitments to existing financial grant aid projects – all of which will be completed by end of 2015 – after which we will only provide support in the form of private sector expertise and technical assistance.

The post-2015 transition plan was agreed in 2012 following extensive consultation with the Government of India (GoI), and has been reviewed annually with the GoI, including most recently in October 2015.

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