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Aid And Trade

Volume 81: debated on Monday 17 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the proportion of United Kingdom produced materials used in the projects supported through the overseas project fund in each year since 1979.

The information requested is not available for the period up to September 1981, when the new guidelines for operation of the overseas projects fund took effect. Since then the proportion by value of United Kingdom goods and services used in the contracts awarded to United Kingdom companies, which received offers from the Fund, was as follows:

Financial year of contract awardPercentage by value of United Kingdom goods and services
1981–82*47
1982–8339
1983–8479
1984–8575
* Six months from October.
Typically, local content has predominantly accounted for the balance of the content values. The increased percentage of United Kingdom content in the latter years reflects the more stringent criteria applied to OPF offers made since September 1981.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the projects that United Kingdom companies have undertaken with support from the overseas projects fund in each year since 1979.

For reasons of commercial confidentiality, it is not the practice to disclose particulars of individual cases which have been offered support from the overseas projects fund.In each of the financial years from 1979–80, the number of projects awarded to United Kingdom companies with support from the Overseas Projects Fund has been as follows:

Number
1979–805
1980–8121
1981–8223
1982–836
1983–845
1984–852