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Volume 118: debated on Monday 29 June 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the value of the aid Her Majesty's Government gave to Afghanistan between 1985 and 1987.

We have no bilateral aid programme to Afghanistan, though we provide humanitarian assistance for Afghan refugees, mainly through the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and British and international voluntary agencies. The amounts provided for Afghan refugees in Pakistan in 1985–86 and 1986–87 were £4·47 million and £4·8 million respectively, and to Afghan refugees in Iran £0·1 million and £0·2 million. The British share of European Community aid to Afghan refugees was estimated at £1·11 million in 1985 and £2·49 millions in 1986.