HC Deb 12 November 1968 vol 773 c200
Q1. Mr. St. John-Stevas

asked the Prime Minister whether he will take the initiative in promoting a world-wide plan, on the lines of Marshall aid, to relieve the poverty and starvation in the underdeveloped world.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Harold Wilson)

The United Kingdom already plays a leading part in the efforts which are being made in the United Nations and other international bodies to further the growth and prosperity of the less developed countries.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

Will the Prime Minister pledge the fullest co-operation with Mr. Robert McNamara, of the World Bank, to ensure not only that aid is increased but also, and equally important, that it is used to the best advantage?

The Prime Minister

Yes. We have given a great deal of thought to ensuring that it is used to the best advantage in recent aid schemes within the limitation of our financial position. I am happy to give that pledge to the hon. Gentleman and also the pledge of full co-operation with the important study being conducted under the chairmanship of Mr. Lester Pearson.

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