Letter to the Clerk of the Committee from
the Parliamentary Relations Department, FCO, 2 July 1999
Would you please refer to your recent telephone
conversation with Ed Webb, Eastern Department, about ASSIST-funded
English Language Training (ELT) for Central Asia and the south
Caucasus, and about high-level visits from Tajikistan.
The table of UKMTAS/ASSIST expenditure at paragraph
11 of our Supplementary Memorandum (FCO/FAC/017-99) [see p.
216 above] did not include the sums spent on ELT, which has
a separate budget line. The additional figures are as follows:
The above covers attendance at UK ELT Summer Schools organised
by the British Council on our behalf, except in the case of Turkmenistan
which benefited from an in-country ELT consultant. The latter
project has now been taken over by the Directorate for Central
& Eastern Europe at the Ministry of Defence.
We should also have mentioned another ASSIST-related budget
for Police and Other Training (POLOT). This scheme, which has
now been subsumed into the main ASSIST programme, was used in
1998-99 to pay for a Georgian (£8,266) and two Armenians
(£16,680) to attend Disaster Management courses.
I apologise for the omissions, which were caused by the changing
budget arrangements for these schemes. Those responsible for managing
the budgets confirm that you now have all the relevant information.
Finally, I confirm that we know of only one official top-level
visit from Tajikistan since independence, that of Prime Minister
Azimov in April 1997.