DfID: Money for Papal Visit Not From Aid Budget

Pope Benedict during his visit to the U.K. Photo by: Catholic Westminster / CC BY

The approximately 1.85 million pounds (USD3 million) spent by the U.K. Department for International Development on Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the country in September was not drawn from the U.K.’s aid budget, the department has said in response to questions raised by members of Parliament.

DfID explained that the money “does not constitute official development assistance” because it was taken from its “running cost” budget, Agence France-Presse reports.

The money was part of the U.K. government’s contribution to the 10 million pounds spent on the papal visit.

DfID’s contribution to the expenses for the visit was first reported by the political blog “Left Foot Forward” in November.

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