Ministry of Defence: Overseas Aid

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 29th June 2020.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2020 to Question 59846 on Ministry of Defence: Overseas Aid, which planned activities funded by ODA cannot be delivered during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The majority of Ministry of Defence's Official Develpment Assistance spend relates to defence education, both courses delivered by UK teams deployed overseas, and attendance of foreign students on UK-based courses. Restrictions on travel and public gatherings around the world have meant that many courses have been cancelled, and international attendance on other courses has reduced. In some cases, course have been delivered by alternative, virtual methods at reduced cost. A re-training programme for locally employed civilian staff in Afghanistan has also been impacted by closure of educational institutions within the country.

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