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Parliamentary Questions

Volume 949: debated on Tuesday 2 May 1978

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asked the Minister of Overseas Development if she will list those topics on which it is not her practice to answer parliamentary Questions; and if she will list any changes in practice since 1972, indicating in each case the date on which the change was made and the relevant reference in the Official Report.

It has never been the practice of my Ministry to give detailed future forecasts of overseas aid, and I do not think it possible to change this practice for a number of good reasons. But the annual public expenditure White Paper provides a four-year forecast of aid within the public expenditure programme.