HC Deb 02 February 1967 vol 740 c758
32. Mr. Goodhart

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what aid will be given to the Government of the United Arab Republic during 1967–68.

Mr. Bottomley

My Ministry has at present no plans to give aid to the United Arab Republic during 1967–68.

Mr. Goodhart

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a financial team from Egypt is in Britain asking for substantial extensions of credit? Why should we contemplate giving massive financial help to the U.A.R. when we are cutting down so sharply on our Maltese friends?

Mr. Bottomley

It must have escaped the notice of the hon. Member that we are not in diplomatic relations with the U.A.R., and therefore the question as put by him does not arise.