Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funds were committed by his Department to (a) European Development Fund (EDF) 7, (b) 8, (c) 9, and (d) 10; and what commitment has been made to the general European Commission budget for development assistance. 
Mr. Thomas: The following table sets out the commitment levels for each of the European Development Funds (EDFs) 7, 8, 9, and 10; the UK percentage share of each EDF; and the corresponding commitment made by the Department for International Development (DFID).
|EDF||Total commitment € billion||UK share (percentage)||DFID commitment € billion|
Under the current financial perspective, covering years 2007 to 2013, the European Commission has committed €57 billion to overseas assistance from its general budget. Of this, the average UK share over the period is likely to be 17.40 per cent., amounting to a total of €9.9 billion.
Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps have been taken by his Department to twin individual Namibian schools with schools in the United Kingdom. 
Hilary Benn: DFID supports partnerships between schools in the UK and Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean through a programme called DFID Global School Partnerships (DGSP). The programme is managed by the British Council, under contract to DFID. It provides advice and guidance, professional development opportunities and grants to schools that are using partnerships as a means to develop and embed a global dimension within their curriculum.
Hey with Zion VC Primary School in Oldham works with John Shekudja Combined School;
Warlingham School in Surrey works with Udjombala Junior Secondary School;
Alsager School in Stoke on Trent works with Oshilemba Combined School; and
St. Michaels CE Primary School in Herefordshire is partnered with Emma Hoogen Hout School.
Under this programme partnerships between schools are supported. Each partnership consists of three UK schools, plus three schools from one African country and three schools from another African country. Each partnership is entitled to £15,000 per year, for up to three years, to take part in study visits, to purchase materials, and meet certain other associated costs.
In 2006-07, two sets of twinning partnerships under Connecting Classrooms involved Namibia: the first was a group of three schools in Namibia, twinned with three schools in Leeds and three schools in Zimbabwe. The second was a group of three schools in Namibia, twinned with three schools in Devon and three schools in Nigeria.
|Table 1: DFID bilateral expenditure on education|
DFID also contributes to the funding of a range of multilateral organisations, a proportion of which will go towards education. The total amount of funding through multilateral agencies is published in Statistics on International Development, a copy of which is available in the Library. Summary information for major agencies relevant to education is provided in table 2. This information cannot be broken down by country.
|Table 2: Total DFID expenditure on the funding of selected multilateral organisations|
Direct DFID bilateral expenditure on education for the past six years broken down by country is shown in table 3. These figures include general and sector budget support where it has been scored against education. In the case of Afghanistan, DFID provided £35 million to the Reconstruction Trust Fund in 2005-06 and a proportion of this will have been spent on education but not included in the figures. These figures exclude DFID spending through multilateral agencies and civil society organisations.
|Table 3: Direct DFID bilateral expenditure on education between 2000-01 and 2005-06|
The sum of country expenditure does not match expenditure reported in table 1. The expenditure in table 1 also contains regional and global programmes which are not country specific and expenditure through civil society organisations.
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