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Volume 163: debated on Monday 4 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what economic aid is currently given to Poland.

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced a know-how fund for Poland during General Jaruzelski's visit in June; and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced on 29 November that it would be doubled. The fund, in effect a technical co-operation programme, will total £50 million over five years. We expect to spend £3 million in the current financial year. My right hon. Friend also announced a contribution of $100 million to a stabilisation fund for Poland, and finance for an agricultural project costing some £15 million.