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Aid Budget

Volume 126: debated on Monday 1 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received concerning the size of Her Majesty's Government's aid budget; and if he will make a statement.

I have received representations from a number of sources. The Government White Paper on public expenditure published last month shows that the overseas aid programme is planned to grow by some 3 per cent. in real terms over the next three years.