HC Deb 05 December 1983 vol 50 cc17-8
74. Mr. Bowen Wells

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what new policy decisions were taken at the recent European Community Development Council meeting.

Mr. Raison

The development council on 15 November approved new policy guidelines for food aid and for continuing aid to non-associated developing countries.

Mr. Wells

Will these new arrangements mean less food aid and provide more constructive aid to help develop the indigenous production of food?

Mr. Raison

We have been trying to get away from the idea of food aid as a means of disposing of Community surpluses and to make aid of more value for development purposes.

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