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Volume 886: debated on Friday 21 February 1975

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asked the Minister of Overseas Development if she will take steps to double Great Britain's existing commitment of 25,000 tons of fertiliser to the FAO's fertiliser supply scheme and to pay the cost of supplying this additional fertiliser.

I am currently considering with my right hon. Friends the Secretary of State for Industry and the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, as well as with the United Kingdom Fertiliser Manufacturers' Association, what more can be done to help developing countries and in particular those most seriously affected by the increased cost of oil and other essential imports. I would not anticipate problems concerning financing arrangements.