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Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 13 February 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on the approaches made to him by the United States Government with a view to providing a $400 million military aid package to Pakistan on an international basis.

The Americans have announced that they propose to seek congressional approval for a package of economic aid amounting to $200 million and credits to cover military sales amounting to a further $200 million, over a two-year period.In discussions with us and with others, the Americans have expressed the hope that other countries will also contribute to assisting Pakistan. As my right hon. and noble Friend announced in another place on 24January, we shall be providing economic aid amounting to something in the region of £30 million in 1980–81.—[Vol. 404, c. 531–2.]