HC Deb 11 February 1965 vol 706 c120W
59. Mr. Bence

asked the Minister of Overseas Development if she will take measures to promote expansion in the new Commonwealth countries, thus enabling British subjects in those countries to find suitable employment.

Mrs. Castle

The main object of our overseas aid programme is to promote economic expansion in Commonwealth and other developing countries. This will, I hope, serve naturally to provide additional employment in these countries.

In the calendar year 1964 we spent £130 million in bilateral capital aid to the developing Commonwealth countries—over five-sixths of our total bilateral capital aid. A large part of our technical assistance and our multilateral aid also benefits the Commonwealth.

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