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Overseas Aid

Department for International Development written question – answered on 6th March 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the provision of Official Development Assistance is tied to the recipient of such assistance using goods and services from the UK.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The UK has a clear policy to keep all its aid untied. This is set out in the 2015 Aid Strategy. Untied aid promotes value for money through ensuring open competition for aid-funded programmes. British businesses are already extremely competitive and do not need the implicit subsidy of tied aid to win work.

Recent statistical information on UK ODA can be found in DFID's Annual Report for 2018 available on DFID’s website.

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