§ Mr. Summerson
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how assistance to eastern Europe will be administered and financed.
§ Mrs. Chalker
The administration of British assistance to eastern Europe will be undertaken by a newly established joint unit within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office comprising staff from both the diplomatic wing and the Overseas Development Administration. My hon. Friend the Minister of State gave details of the £25 million to be provided for Poland in his reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton, North-East (Mr. Thurnham) on 18 October. It has now been decided that provision for expenditure in 1989–90 and subsequent years will be sought in the overseas aid vote (Class II, Vote 5) and the other external relations vote (Class II, Vote 2). The provision in the overseas aid vote will be from resources outside and additional to the aid programme, and identified separately in the public expenditure White Paper and the Supply Estimates.