Overseas Aid: Sudan

Treasury written question – answered on 20th October 2021.

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

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether debt relief for Sudan will be counted as Official Development Assistance (ODA) in (a) 2021-22 and (b) future financial years; and how much ODA it will be counted as.

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

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether debt relief for Sudan has been included in his Department's accounts for (a) 2021-22, (b) 2022-23 and (c) 2023-24.

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

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether debt relief for Sudan will be counted as contributing to the target of 0.5 per cent of Gross National Income being spent on Official Development Assistance.

Photo of Simon Clarke Simon Clarke The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

As part of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative, the UK will provide debt cancellation on Sudan’s bilateral debt owed to the UK.

Sudan owes the UK a total of £861m (as of August 2020).

HM Treasury does not hold any of the debt owed to the UK by Sudan and the debt relief for Sudan will not appear in HM Treasury’s annual report and accounts.

The UK reports all ODA eligible spend in line with international rules set by the OECD.

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