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Volume 929: debated on Monday 28 March 1977

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asked the Minister of Overseas Development what steps she proposes to facilitate the transfer of intermediate technology to the rural poor in least developed countries; and if she will make a statement.

As the hon. Gentleman knows, I share his concern about the issue. It essentially concerns maximising the use of appropriate technology. My hon. Friend who was my immediate predecessor instituted a study within ODM, and I expect its report soon.