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Volume 982: debated on Monday 31 March 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what discussions he has had with the Turkish Government regarding financial and other assistance.

We have been in close touch with the Turkish Government in recent weeks about Turkey's economic situation. The main international effort to help Turkey is being coordinated in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, whose pledging meeting in Paris on 26 March adjourned to 15 April.The British Government are ready to take part in this international effort by providing a further programme aid loan in addition to the £15 million loan agreed in 1979, by participating in further negotiations for the rescheduling of Turkey's official debts and by discussing with our Community partners what further assistance the European Community might give.