§ Mr. Whitaker
asked the Minister of Overseas Development what has been the cost to British public funds over the past three years of engaging British firms of consultants and other public or private bodies in this country to provide consultancy and management services as technical assistance for developing countries.
§ Mr. Prentice
The cost was £624,000 in 1966; £544,000 in 1967 and about £1 million in 1968, that is, a total of over £2 million for the three years. Contracts for such services entered into in 1968 involved financial commitments in that and later years totalling £1.6 million.