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Aid And Trade Provision

Volume 201: debated on Tuesday 14 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to make available a further evaluation report on aid and trade provision projects; and if he will make a statement.

The Evaluation Department of the Overseas Development Administration has carried out a study which synthesises the experience of eight evaluations of ATP projects, approved between 1978 and 1985, and evaluated between 1986 and 1990. It draws most from three evaluations conducted as a series in 1990. I have placed copies of the report "ATP Synthesis Evaluation Study" (November 1991) in the Library of the House.While ATP procedures have been strengthened since the projects were approved, the findings and lessons of the study will he an important input to the inter-departmental review of ATP which is currently taking place.