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Development Council (Meeting)

Volume 972: debated on Friday 2 November 1979

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what progress was made at the recent meeting of the Development Council in Luxembourg.

The Council gave general approval to a list of projects proposed by the Commission for the 1979 programme of aid to the non-associated countries, and to guidelines for the 1980 programme. The latter correspond closely with our own approach. Some progress was made in negotiating a Council regulation designed to relate the Community's food aid policy and its management more closely to the development needs of recipient countries. There was a useful discussion of the importance of profitable cane sugar production to the developing countries and the significance, in this context, of the Community's relationship to the International Sugar Agreement.