HC Deb 24 February 1965 vol 707 cc123-4W
Mr. Dudley Smith

asked the Minister of Overseas Development whether she will state the total assistance provided to all the less developed countries from Great Britain in 1963 and 1964, in the form of bilateral grants and loans, contributions to international organisations, and multilateral aid and private capital, respectively.

Mrs. Castle

The following table shows the total value of bilateral economic aid disbursed by Her Majesty's Government to the developing countries in 1963 and 1964. It excludes military aid and aid disbursed by various international aid-giving institutions to whose funds Britain makes substantial contributions.

The total amount of aid extended by private charitable organisations is not on record, and the only figures of private investment available at present suggests that in 1963 the total was about £65 million. I will write to the hon. Member in about four weeks' time when an estimate of the 1964 total of private investment should be available.

£ million
Grants Loans Total
Bilateral Aid
1963 69.2 69.7 139.0 (a)
1964 81.9 92.5 174.4
Multilateral Aid Contributions to international organisations(b)
1963 13.3
1964 13.0
1963 5.7
1964 3.0
(a) Does not add exactly due to rounding.
(b) Includes the following:—
U.N. Special Fund.
U.N. Children's Fund.
World Food Programme.
U.N. Relief and Works Agency.
International Development Association.
Commission for technical Co-operation in Africa.
U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
Colombo Plan Bureau.
(c) Indus Basin project and civil assistance in the Congo.