HC Deb 20 June 1966 vol 730 c18W
Mr. Weatherill

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what consultations he normally has with appropriate British trade associations concerning the conditions upon which Her Majesty's Government make financial grants or credits to overseas territories; whether these conditions normally include a requirement that the grant or credit should be used as far as possible in the United Kingdom; and if he will include the Association of Crane Makers in future consultations of this nature.

Mr. Greenwood

I do not myself have direct consultation with these bodies, but there is, of course, close consultation with those Government Departments responsible for our trade interests. I am sure that the Ministers concerned are ready to receive representations from trade associations on any aspects of aid policy affecting their special field of interest and I am myself prepared to do so if necessary. A large part of our aid is, of course, tied to the purchase of British goods and services.

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