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Brandt Commission Report

Volume 982: debated on Monday 31 March 1980

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47.

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will publish a Green Paper indicating the general response of the Government to the Brandt Commission report and invite comment from interested bodies.

The Brandt Commission was an independent body which presented its report to the United Nations Secretary-General. We should wish to complete our study of the report before deciding what response we should make. But we have already given our preliminary views both here and in another place.

48.

asked the Lord Privy Seal what steps he proposes to take, in conjunction with his European Economic Community colleagues, to implement recommendations of the Brandt Commission regarding overseas aid.

We have yet to form any final view. Within the Community substantial and increasing contributions to help developing countries are being made through the European development fund and the other Community aid programmes. Our economic circumstances preclude the possibility of an early increase in our aid programme.

53.

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will take an initiative, together with the other European Economic Community countries and the Commonwealth, to implement recommendations of the Brandt Commission report.

We should wish to complete our study of the report before deciding what response we should make. We shall undoubtedly be discussing the report in the course of our normal exchanges with our Community and Commonwealth partners.