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Volume 978: debated on Tuesday 12 February 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will indicate the sectors and projects to be assisted under the increased aid programme to Pakistan.

At present the major projects of the increased 1980–81 programme are expected to be:

On the basis of estimates for calendar year 1980 provided by the EEC Commission, the United Kingdom contribution to the fourth European development fund in the financial year 1980–81 is likely to be about £64 million. The exact amount will depend on the actual pattern of expenditure, and on the exchange rate. At present it is not possible to estimate at all accurately how much we shall contribute to the fifth European development fund, which will be established when the second Lomé convention comes into force, probably during the second half of 1980; but expenditure in 1980–81 will be limited.