HC Deb 16 December 1952 vol 509 cc163-4W
96. Mr. Beswick

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his attention has been called to the report of the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East; if he is aware that the economic position disclosed in the report appears to be below that anticipated under the Colombo Plan; and what extra efforts are to be suggested by the United Kingdom representative on the Colombo Plan Committee.

Mr. R. A. Butler

Yes, and I am fully conscious of the importance of doing our utmost to improve the standard of life in South and South-East Asia, which is the objective of the Colombo Plan. The programmes of the Colombo Plan countries are under continuous review in the light of the changing circumstances, but the pace at which they can be carried out is primarily a matter for the judgment of the individual countries concerned.