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Volume 961: debated on Monday 22 January 1979

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asked the Minister of Overseas Development what percentage of foreign aid to (a) the Commonwealth and (b) foreign nations is tied to the purchase of British goods; and whether there has been any recent alterations in these percentages.

In 1977, the proportion of our bilateral aid which was fully tied to British goods and services was 57·7 per cent. for Commonwealth countries and 76·2 per cent. for non-Commonwealth countries. A further 23·1 per cent. and 11·1 per cent. respectively was partly tied, that is available for the purchase of goods and services either from the United Kingdom or from the poorest developing countries.Figures for 1978 will not be available until April, but there have been no recent alterations.