HC Deb 21 January 1969 vol 776 cc225-6
9. Mr. William Price

asked the Minister of Overseas Development how much money was repaid by developing countries to Great Britain during the last 12-month period for which figures are available.

Mr. Prentice

In 1967–68, repayments of aid loans from developing countries were £31.1 million and interest payments £28.3 million.

Mr. Price

Will the Minister arrange for the figures to be circulated among those who use foreign aid to stir up racial prejudice? Second, may we in future have a little more emphasis on loans and a little less emphasis on alleged gifts?

Mr. Prentice

The figures are given in statistics produced by my Department, but we have under consideration at the moment advice which we were given by the Select Committee on Estimates on the need to present the total picture more clearly. I expect to present a White Paper to the House on this matter and other recommendations of the Select Committee in a few weeks.

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