Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (25, 26, 27, 28)

Enda Kenny

Question:

165 Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on the undertaking given in 2000 to allocate 0.7% of GNP to overseas aid by 2007; when this target will be reached; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25229/04]

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Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

203 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the extent to which he expects to increase overseas development aid in the coming year with particular reference to the drawing up of the Estimates for 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25276/04]

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Brendan Howlin

Question:

230 Mr. Howlin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to recent comments, that the 0.7% target of GNP for ODA will not be reached as planned by 2007 despite the commitments to achieving this target in speeches made to various international gatherings since the UN Millennium Summit, New York, 2004; the reasons for this U-turn; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25300/04]

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Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

362 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if it is intended to increase overseas development aid in line with commitments given previously; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25524/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Foreign)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 165, 203, 230 and 362 together.

I refer the Deputies to my answers to Questions Nos. 156, 157 and 158.