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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 how much he expects to allocate as aid to India during the next 12 months.

Last financial year we spent £111 million on bilateral aid to India. In addition, we provided over £6 million from the aid and trade provision. It is too early to predict the level of spending for the current financial year. We have, however, encouraged the Indians, most recently at the meeting of the India Consortium earlier this month, to put forward further proposals to strengthen the project pipeline.