Millions in UK aid to China criticised

Free Press Series: International Development Secretary Justine Greening has been urged to explain why aid is being sent to China, the world's second largest economy International Development Secretary Justine Greening has been urged to explain why aid is being sent to China, the world's second largest economy

The Government has been criticised for giving millions of pounds in aid to China, despite the country being able to afford an ambitious space programme.

Figures seen by the Daily Mail show the UK distributed £27.4 million to the country last year.

China, now the world's second largest economy, according to the World Bank, celebrated at the weekend when it successfully landed a space probe on the moon.

The Government said it no longer gives aid to China directly, but via non-governmental partners working to achieve UK objectives such as tackling climate change and building sustainable economies.

But Tory MP Peter Bone called on International Development Secretary Justine Greening to explain why UK money was still going to China.

"The public will be rightly horrified that we are still wasting money on aid to China,' he told the Daily Mail.

"It's extraordinary that we are doing this while they send a mission to the moon.

"If these aid programmes are still continuing then I think Justine Greening needs to come to Parliament and explain what the justification is, because I can't think of one."

China was among a list of 16 countries that the Government said would have its British aid funds cut off by 2016 following a review in 2011 by the then international development secretary Andrew Mitchell.

The Daily Mail said the official figures also revealed a further 14 countries from the list received cash last year, adding up to a total of £131.9 million.

Vietnam was given £51.5 million, Cambodia £14.5 million, Indonesia £11.3 million and Kosovo £10.2 million. Russia did not receive any aid.

Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, told the newspaper: "Taxpayers expect UK aid to be helping people in the world's poorest nations."

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "Since 2011, we have stopped or are in the process of stopping bilateral aid to over a dozen countries that are becoming more prosperous like China and Russia.

"This has allowed us to concentrate our efforts where the need is greatest and where we can have most impact.

"It is right that where these programmes have closed that Her Majesty's Government continues to work with non-governmental partners on global issues like sustaining economic growth and climate change which affect us all."

Last year the Government announced it was to cut foreign aid to India by 2015 because of the country's growing economy, after repeatedly coming under fire for sending over an average of £280 million a year despite its multi-million space programme.

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9:10am Mon 16 Dec 13

KarloMarko says...

Whats the problem? We have, and are still,giving billions in aid to the bankers and their cronies.

Bumper banker bonus season soon....triple Moets all round.
Whats the problem? We have, and are still,giving billions in aid to the bankers and their cronies. Bumper banker bonus season soon....triple Moets all round. KarloMarko

10:50am Mon 16 Dec 13

welshmen says...

This Country cuts the poor never the rich, it's never the rich that go with out food, gas, electricity, always the poor, we give money to China, India they both have nuclear capabilities, China has just landed a space craft on the Moon, we need a party to change the way we Govern OUR people, charity begins at home, British first then we help others, until this Countries people are looked after as we expect after years of hard work and many wars then and only then we help others, we are NOT mam and dad to the rest of the world....
This Country cuts the poor never the rich, it's never the rich that go with out food, gas, electricity, always the poor, we give money to China, India they both have nuclear capabilities, China has just landed a space craft on the Moon, we need a party to change the way we Govern OUR people, charity begins at home, British first then we help others, until this Countries people are looked after as we expect after years of hard work and many wars then and only then we help others, we are NOT mam and dad to the rest of the world.... welshmen

12:26pm Mon 16 Dec 13

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

'Foreign aid to China is likely misleading.

The aid does not go to China, (or most of the other countries that we give aid to) but instead goes to companies who supply products and services to these countries... more often than not they are British registered (or allies like USA etc...) companies.

Basically foreign aid is a government subsidy for UK business.
'Foreign aid to China is likely misleading. The aid does not go to China, (or most of the other countries that we give aid to) but instead goes to companies who supply products and services to these countries... more often than not they are British registered (or allies like USA etc...) companies. Basically foreign aid is a government subsidy for UK business. GardenVarietyMushroom

12:53pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

I see in today's news that the impoverished Chinese government's ambitious space program is doing particularly well. Apprarently, they've completed the world's first soft-landing on the moon for four decades:)!
I see in today's news that the impoverished Chinese government's ambitious space program is doing particularly well. Apprarently, they've completed the world's first soft-landing on the moon for four decades:)! Katie Re-Registered

1:11pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Llanmartinangel says...

KarloMarko wrote:
Whats the problem? We have, and are still,giving billions in aid to the bankers and their cronies.

Bumper banker bonus season soon....triple Moets all round.
Ah the old 'two wrongs make a right' argument. Never seen that on this board before. I've an idea, let's ignore all government waste on the basis that there's always a worse one to point out.
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: Whats the problem? We have, and are still,giving billions in aid to the bankers and their cronies. Bumper banker bonus season soon....triple Moets all round.[/p][/quote]Ah the old 'two wrongs make a right' argument. Never seen that on this board before. I've an idea, let's ignore all government waste on the basis that there's always a worse one to point out. Llanmartinangel

3:34pm Mon 16 Dec 13

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Interesting - a minus three score for my earlier comment which basically states a fact.

When people so obviously have an aversion to the truth, is it any wonder we get lied to by those in authority.
Interesting - a minus three score for my earlier comment which basically states a fact. When people so obviously have an aversion to the truth, is it any wonder we get lied to by those in authority. GardenVarietyMushroom

3:52pm Mon 16 Dec 13

whatintheworld says...

GardenVarietyMushroo
m
wrote:
'Foreign aid to China is likely misleading. The aid does not go to China, (or most of the other countries that we give aid to) but instead goes to companies who supply products and services to these countries... more often than not they are British registered (or allies like USA etc...) companies. Basically foreign aid is a government subsidy for UK business.
this is true! why is it being downvoted?

we're giving money to aid companies who then go work where-ever. in this case, they worked in china.

we're not exactly giving to the chinese chancellor of the exchequer...
[quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: 'Foreign aid to China is likely misleading. The aid does not go to China, (or most of the other countries that we give aid to) but instead goes to companies who supply products and services to these countries... more often than not they are British registered (or allies like USA etc...) companies. Basically foreign aid is a government subsidy for UK business.[/p][/quote]this is true! why is it being downvoted? we're giving money to aid companies who then go work where-ever. in this case, they worked in china. we're not exactly giving to the chinese chancellor of the exchequer... whatintheworld

4:02pm Mon 16 Dec 13

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

whatintheworld wrote:
GardenVarietyMushroo

m
wrote:
'Foreign aid to China is likely misleading. The aid does not go to China, (or most of the other countries that we give aid to) but instead goes to companies who supply products and services to these countries... more often than not they are British registered (or allies like USA etc...) companies. Basically foreign aid is a government subsidy for UK business.
this is true! why is it being downvoted?

we're giving money to aid companies who then go work where-ever. in this case, they worked in china.

we're not exactly giving to the chinese chancellor of the exchequer...
Doesn't really fit in with the UKIP/BNP agenda does it? You will note of course the Daily Fail as the source for this blatant misrepresentation.
[quote][p][bold]whatintheworld[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: 'Foreign aid to China is likely misleading. The aid does not go to China, (or most of the other countries that we give aid to) but instead goes to companies who supply products and services to these countries... more often than not they are British registered (or allies like USA etc...) companies. Basically foreign aid is a government subsidy for UK business.[/p][/quote]this is true! why is it being downvoted? we're giving money to aid companies who then go work where-ever. in this case, they worked in china. we're not exactly giving to the chinese chancellor of the exchequer...[/p][/quote]Doesn't really fit in with the UKIP/BNP agenda does it? You will note of course the Daily Fail as the source for this blatant misrepresentation. GardenVarietyMushroom

1:49pm Tue 17 Dec 13

UKIP in Newport says...

The Education For All programme in India was hailed by our Government as an inspiring example of the effectiveness of Britain’s foreign aid budget.

As £388 million of taxpayers’ money was poured into the grandly titled scheme aimed at improving Indian schools, the Department for International Development (DfID) trumpeted its success.
The reality was much less uplifting.
Much of the cash had been allocated to schools that did not exist. A proportion went to buy private cars for officials.

Moreover, there was little evidence that money was helping to improve schools, since attendance by pupils and teachers was dismally low.

The former dean of education at Delhi University, Professor Anil Sadgopal, dismissed DfID’s claims as nonsense. ‘Enrolment is not equal to attendance,’ he said. ‘I don’t know what the British mean when they said their free school project is “making remarkable progress”. ‘I think the British people should be asking their government why it is funding such bad-value projects out of your public exchequer.’
The Education For All programme in India was hailed by our Government as an inspiring example of the effectiveness of Britain’s foreign aid budget. As £388 million of taxpayers’ money was poured into the grandly titled scheme aimed at improving Indian schools, the Department for International Development (DfID) trumpeted its success. The reality was much less uplifting. Much of the cash had been allocated to schools that did not exist. A proportion went to buy private cars for officials. Moreover, there was little evidence that money was helping to improve schools, since attendance by pupils and teachers was dismally low. The former dean of education at Delhi University, Professor Anil Sadgopal, dismissed DfID’s claims as nonsense. ‘Enrolment is not equal to attendance,’ he said. ‘I don’t know what the British mean when they said their free school project is “making remarkable progress”. ‘I think the British people should be asking their government why it is funding such bad-value projects out of your public exchequer.’ UKIP in Newport

2:06pm Tue 17 Dec 13

UKIP in Newport says...

Fortunes have been squandered on corrupt governments and on propping up oppressive regimes. In Ethiopia, for instance, British support of £300 million has been used by the government to cement its brutal grip on power. Starving people are told they can have food only if they support the ruling party, while British-funded training programmes for Ethiopian civil servants have been little more than instruments of indoctrination by the same party.

Just as misguided has been Britain’s support for multilateral aid initiatives, such as those run by the UN and EU. Indeed, the EU swallows a third of all Britain’s aid expenditure, even though the former International Development Secretary Clare Short once said the European Commission ran ‘the worst development agency in the world’ and branded its operations ‘an outrage and a disgrace’.

Such a verdict can only have been reinforced by revelations that EU aid has been used to promote tourism in Iceland, bankroll a French tourist resort in Morocco, support a ‘hospitality management school’ in Barbados and subsidise a Turkish TV station.
Fortunes have been squandered on corrupt governments and on propping up oppressive regimes. In Ethiopia, for instance, British support of £300 million has been used by the government to cement its brutal grip on power. Starving people are told they can have food only if they support the ruling party, while British-funded training programmes for Ethiopian civil servants have been little more than instruments of indoctrination by the same party. Just as misguided has been Britain’s support for multilateral aid initiatives, such as those run by the UN and EU. Indeed, the EU swallows a third of all Britain’s aid expenditure, even though the former International Development Secretary Clare Short once said the European Commission ran ‘the worst development agency in the world’ and branded its operations ‘an outrage and a disgrace’. Such a verdict can only have been reinforced by revelations that EU aid has been used to promote tourism in Iceland, bankroll a French tourist resort in Morocco, support a ‘hospitality management school’ in Barbados and subsidise a Turkish TV station. UKIP in Newport

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