HC Deb 23 July 1970 vol 804 c231W
Mr. Braine

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what was the British aid expenditure for the financial year 1969–70.

Mr. Wood

Gross disbursements under the aid programme were £217.4 millions. These included £13.6 millions on items additional to the basic ceiling. Disbursements net of capital repayments were £188.3 millions. The comparable figures in 1968–69 were £207.7 millions, £6.9 millions and £177.3 millions. The most important of the additional items in 1969–70 were special aid (economic) to Malaysia and Singapore (£8.5 millions) and Kennedy food aid (£4.2 millions). Figures are not yet available for net private investment and net guaranteed private export credits, which also contribute towards the U.N.C.T.A.D. target of 1 per cent. of G.N.P. for total financial flows to developing countries. The appropriation account will be completed shortly; until then, the official aid figures are provisional. G.N.P. figures for 1969–70 are not yet available.

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