§ 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.