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Aid Targets

Volume 175: debated on Thursday 28 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he has anything to add to the oral reply given by the Minister for Overseas Development on 18 June, Official Report, column 680, on meeting gross national product, official development assistance targets.

I much regret that my reply to the hon. Member for Clwyd, South-West (Mr. Jones) contained an inadvertent error. I meant to say

"we aim to meet those targets".
As hon. and right hon. Members may be already aware, whereas we have met the 1 per cent. of GNP target for total flows in six out of the last 10 years, we have not met the 0ยท15 per cent. of GNP target for official development assistance to the least-developed countries.