HC Deb 08 February 1966 vol 724 cc191-2
24. Mr. Dempsey

asked the Minister for Overseas Development what control he exercises over the expenditure of grant aid by the receiving country.

Mr. Greenwood

Grants are made only for approved purposes, which vary widely, and the methods used in controlling the expenditure vary according to the kind of grant. Generally our posts overseas exercise supervision, and there is usually a subsequent accounting or audit.

Mr. Dempsey

Cannot my right hon. Friend see to it, in the follow-up procedure, so that we may be satisfied that these moneys are spent on, say, the development of the social services in these countries; and can he give an assurance that under no circumstances grant aid money is spent in a fashion which could impede the fulfilment of self-government?

Mr. Greenwood

The management of aid is one of the most important and difficult aspects of the problem. I assure my hon. Friend that it is a matter which I have very much in mind. If he has any evidence of any misuse of moneys made available through Her Majesty's Government, I will gladly look into it.

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