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Volume 928: debated on Thursday 17 March 1977

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asked the Minister of Overseas Development if she will increase the level of present British aid to Paraguay.

There is at present a small technical co-operation programme in Paraguay, on which I expect about £140,000 to have been spent during the current financial year. It is concentrated almost exclusively on help to small cultivators and livestock farmers; a modest increase for the same purpose is under consideration, but will depend upon recruitment of two key personnel.There is no programme of capital aid for Paraguay, nor do I intend to mount one.