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"Aid To The Poorest"

Volume 976: debated on Wednesday 16 January 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he proposes to maintain the aid policies of Cmnd. 6270, "Aid to the Poorest" or if he proposes to produce a new White Paper.

A review of the aid policy is well advanced and I hope to make a statement shortly.

Can the Minister be a shade more informative? Is he proposing to change the priorities of the White Paper, which were accepted by the Conservatives when in opposition? He must come clean a little more.

That is precisely what I propose to do. I intend to make a statement to the House.

When reviewing the aid programme, will my hon. Friend recognise that anger has been caused to a large proportion of the population by the continuous attacks on Britain by Presidents Nyerere and Kaunda?

I recognise that but it is not a factor that one can take into account when considering a development programme.

Why are we giving so much aid to Turkey, which is one of the richest of the developing countries?

Turkey is still very much a developing country, particularly in rural areas. It has had balance of payments problems and we have offered Turkey £15 million programme aid, which I think is quite right.