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Volume 979: debated on Thursday 21 February 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal how far the feasibility for British exporters to export to an overseas developing country, as measured in terms of Export Credits Guarantee Department cover, is taken into account when deciding on the amount of development aid given by the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

Not to any material extent, although general regard has always been given to industrial and commercial considerations. We intend to give such considerations greater weight in future.