To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much of the £40 million fund for Chagossians has been allocated to date by his Department; for what purposes that money has been allocated; and how much of that spending has been classified as Official Development Assistance.
24 October 2019
Of the £40 million support package for Chagossians, approximately £21.3 million is Official Development Assistance (ODA) for DFID to progress in Mauritius (an ODA-eligible country). The remainder (£18.7 million) is non-ODA for the FCO to progress in the United Kingdom and Seychelles. As of now, the FCO has allocated £3.3 million for an extended and ongoing programme of 'heritage visits' to BIOT and a number of projects in development. Officials are continuing work to develop further projects and activities in line with the areas of support announced by Ministers in 2016: Health, Social Care, Education, Employment, and Culture (awareness and retention).