§ Sir John Stanley
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will be completing his review of the joint funding scheme, including the block grant element; and if he will make a statement on the completion of his review.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
We have recently completed our review of ODA co-operation with non-governmental organisations including the joint funding scheme. We have subsequently reviewed the block grant element in the scheme. These reviews have justified our continuing confidence in the contribution made by British voluntary organisations to developing countries. As a result, my right hon. and noble Friend the Minister for Overseas Development has increased our support for the joint funding scheme from £23 million in 1991–92 to £28 million in 1992–93.