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Population (Colombo Declaration)

Volume 976: debated on Wednesday 16 January 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he has considered further the Colombo declaration on population matters; and if he will make a statement.

I have studied the declaration. For our part we recognise the link between economic development and the limitation of population growth, but our ability to use aid to promote the objectives of the declaration is limited by the use of constraints on our resources and the fact that many of its recommendations are essentially within the responsibility of national Governments.