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Aid Programme

Volume 958: debated on Wednesday 15 November 1978

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asked the Minister of Overseas Development what special action is being taken by her Department to avoid underspending of the aid programme in the current financial year.

Present forecasts suggest that underspending will not be a major problem this year. But the phasing of aid expenditure can alter unexpectedly for reasons outside my direct control, involving multilateral agencies and commitments. I therefore keep the position under steady review, and make changes in spending plans.