asked the Lord Privy Seal what proportion of overseas aid will be allocated to multilateral agencies and to continuing capital development projects, respectively, for 1980–81 and 1981–82.
Provision for multilateral aid in the Supply Estimates for 1980–81 amounts to just over 27 per cent. of the gross aid programme, but the eventual proportion could be somewhat higher. Because of inherited commitments the share in 1981–82 is likely to increase. Bilateral aid including continuing capital development projects will absorb a smaller share than at present.