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Volume 126: debated on Monday 1 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will increase the British contribution to health care and agricultural development projects in Mozambique.

Over half the £15 million of programme aid which we pledged last year is being spent on agriculture, and £400,000 on medical supplies. We have also provided seeds and agricultural tools and paid for the transport of medical supplies under our emergency relief programme. The Commonwealth Development Corporation is considering investments in agricultural projects. I am ready to consider requests for further help in these fields.