§ Mr. Wingfield Digby
asked the Minister of Overseas Development what is the total expenditure of her Department on aid to countries overseas in the present financial year; and what was the equivalent 10 years ago.
§ Mrs. Castle
The total amount of bilateral and multilateral economic aid to the developing countries, including technical assistance in so far as it can be evaluated but excluding military aid, disbursed by Her Majesty's Government in the calendar year 1964 was £191 million. The figure for the financial year 1954–55 was £77 million. I am not yet able to furnish figures for the financial year 1964–65 but the total is not likely to be less than the figure for the calendar year 1964.