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Written Answers

Volume 417: debated on Wednesday 18 February 1981

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Written Answers

Aid To Developing Countries

asked Her Majesty's Government:What is their response to the criticism expressed at the meeting on 5th February of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development of the proposal to cut aid to developing countries by 16 per cent. in real terms between 1981 and 1984.

This meeting of the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD was part of a long-established programme of reviews at which individual OECD donor countries are questioned by representatives of other OECD countries about t heir overseas aid policies. The committee expressed concern about the reductions in the future levels of British overseas aid but welcomed the generous terms of our aid, especially to the poorest countries. It also noted, in addition to aid, the very considerable financial flows such as bank lending, direct investment and export credits from Britain to the developing countries. The Government naturally regret that reductions in the aid programme have been necessary but these have to be seen in the context of the overall strategy of bringing inflation under control.

Uganda: Increase In Relief Food

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will support the Save the Children Fund and Oxfam in urging the United Nations to increase the volume of relief food transported to Karamoja, Uganda, before distribution is held up by the heavy rains expected in March.

Yes. We understand the United Nations is attempting to build up food stocks in the area and at his own request the administrator of the United Nations Development Programme is discussing with us on 18th February the problems of Karamoja including the importance of stock-piling food. The United Nations has also acknowledged the generous help in moving food provided to them by the Save the Children Fund, to whom we have offered up to £160,000 for their transport costs.

Uk Citizens In Eec Countries

asked Her Majesty's Government:How many United Kingdom citizens there are presently resident in each of the other nine European Community countries.

Figures with any claim to accuracy of United Kingdom residents in European Community countries could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Recent estimates (which can only be approximate) made by our posts there are:—

Belgium25,000
Denmark10,000
France38,000
Federal Republic of Germany77,000
Greece10,500
IrelandNo figures available
Italy35,000
Luxembourg2,500
Netherlands50,000
House adjourned at eleven minutes before nine o'clock.