§ Mr. Foulkes
In 1998–99, the latest year for which complete figures are available, DFID's total bilateral expenditure on projects and programmes was £1,176 million
Official visits made outside Britain by DFID's Permanent Secretary since 1 January 1999 Date Venue Purpose 1999 17–19 February New York Discussion with Heads of UN Funds and programmes 2–9 March Sydney International meeting on SE Asia Economic Crisis Thailand Discussion with DFID's Regional Office 24–28 April Washington IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings 3–4 May Macedonia Romania Accompanying the Prime Minister 14 May Helsinki Discussion of EU business with Finish Presidency 17–18 May Bulgaria Albania Accompanying the Prime Minister 18–22 May Zimbabwe Kenya Discussion with Ministers and with DFID Regional Office
and total bilateral expenditure on HIV/AIDS was £43 million. This sum excludes multilateral contributions to organisations such as Joint United Nations Programme in HIV/AIDS(UNAIDS) and United Nations Population Find (UNFPA), support to vaccine research and development initiatives, and funding of projects costing less than £100,000. Thus some 4 per cent. of total bilateral expenditure was spent on HIV/AIDS related projects. We will forward the 1999–2000 figures to the Library of the House as soon as they have been prepared.
The total number of active bilateral projects for 1999–2000 was 1,832 of which 194 were related to HIV/AIDS projects. Thus some 10 per cent. of projects supported by the Department are related to HIV/AIDS. These figures do not include projects containing elements of HIV/AIDS work which are deemed too small to be reported or activities costing less than £100,000.