HC Deb 21 March 1963 vol 674 cc561-2
33. Mr. Dalyell

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date he hopes to announce additional aid of some £7,835,000, forming the balance of the £10 million originally suggested as aid from under-utilised resources in Scotland, north-east England, Merseyside, southwest England and Northern Ireland to developing countries.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Parliament will be informed of these and other proposals involving public expenditure in support of developing countries as arrangements are made.

Mr. Dalyell

Since this was mentioned on 5th November, is not the time-scale unsatisfactory?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I do not think so. The proposals are somewhat complicated in that they involve, on the one hand, assessing the needs of certain countries and, on the other, seeing that they can be related to surplus capacity here. The work is going quite well.

Mr. Hector Hughes

Can the right hon. Gentleman say how much of these moneys is to be allocated to north-east Scotland, where there is considerable and increasing unemployment?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I cannot anticipate where the proposals will go until I am in a position to announce the proposals themselves.