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Volume 165: debated on Friday 19 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to extend programmes of development assistance to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh is, and has long been, one of the largest recipients of British development assistance. The programme concentrates on the energy, natural resources, infrastructure and health-population sectors. Among planned activities for United Kingdom support are more help on the exploitation of gas reserves, further rural development work through local NGOs, and studies directed at mitigating the effects of the frequent and severe flooding to which the country is subject.