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Volume 205: debated on Friday 13 March 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on how the overseas aid criterion about good government is applied to the People's Republic of China.

YearsYouth Opportunities ProgrammeYouth Training SchemeCommunity ProgrammeJob Training SchemeEmployment TrainingTechnical and Vocational Education InitiativeLocal Collaborative Project1Open Tech/Open LearningOpen College
Constant price268
Constant price392
Constant price662145
Constant price849251486

In allocating aid we consider recipient countries' needs, their ability to use aid well, their economic and social policies, other good government considerations and the scope for supporting activities which promote better government. These considerations apply to China where our programme includes a project to improve investment appraisal methodology and introduce social and environmental analysis into project appraisal and United Kingdom training in a range of subjects including public administration and law. We also discuss human rights concerns frequently with the Chinese Government, including most recently during the Chinese Foreign Minister's meeting with the Secretary of State on 9 March.