HC Deb 15 December 1964 vol 704 cc194-5
18. Mr. John Harvey

asked the Minister of Overseas Development whether she proposes to make any changes in the functions and resources of the Commonwealth Development Corporation.

Mrs. Castle

Responsibility for the Corporation is in process of being transferred to my Department. When this transfer is completed I shall review these matters with the Commonwealth Development Corporation in the light of the needs of the British aid programme as a whole.

Mr. Harvey

Will the right hon. Lady, in her review, bear in mind that the Commonwealth Development Corporation, by helping developing countries to lay some foundations for their own industries, plays a vital part indeed in the aid that we can give? Will the right hon. Lady therefore see that its work is stimulated to the greatest possible extent?

Mrs. Castle

I entirely agree with the hon. Gentleman that the C.D.C. is doing admirable and valuable work, and the purpose of the review will certainly be to strengthen its hand.

Sir C. Osborne

May I ask the right hon. Lady to be careful not to promise more overseas aid than this country can and is willing to afford?

Mr. Tilney

Will the right hon. Lady, in her review, consider allowing the C.D.C. to operate in the sub-continent of India?

Mrs. Castle

I would rather not add to the Answer that I have just given.