HC Deb 23 November 1965 vol 721 cc241-2
Q8. Mr. Alison

asked the Prime Minister, in view of the need to reconcile the objectives of the National Plan and the need to expand the volume of overseas aid, if he will take steps to coordinate the activities of the Department of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Overseas Development.

The Prime Minister

The work of these two Departments is already co-ordinated.

Mr. Alison

Is the Prime Minister aware that the co-ordination so far achieved has been the specifying and quantifying of substantial advances for G.N.P. in this country and for personal consumption but no specification or quantification for the growth of overseas aid? Will he give a firm undertaking that the volume of aid will increase at least as much as the 21 per cent. specified for personal consumption?

The Prime Minister

In the programme there is provision for overseas aid, but, as to looking five years ahead, we have to watch the position of overseas aid because of growth in commitments some of which have to be met. That is why we have yet reached no final decision about what the position will he by 1970. We are trying to ensure that what we can afford for overseas aid is effectively spent in relation to development programmes in other countries.