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Volume 181: debated on Monday 26 November 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will reconsider his policy of aid to eastern European countries to include family planning assistance to Romania.

Our policy towards aid to Romania for humanitarian purposes is unaffected by our policy towards long-term economic aid. We believe humanitarian aid should be unrestricted and have ourselves provided some £6·5 million directly and through the European Community. Our bilateral aid has included a family planning programme implemented by Marie Stopes International.