HC Deb 19 November 1970 vol 806 cc476-7W
82. Mr. Eadie

asked the Minister for Overseas Development what representations he has received from Christian churches on the decision to amalgamate the Ministry of Overseas Development with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and what reply he has sent.

Mr. Wood

Since the decision was announced I have received two letters from Churches and I have discussed it with a delegation from the Churches' Action for World Development. I have emphasised that the decision implies no weakening of the Government's intention to pursue an expanding aid programme, and expressed my confidence in the new arrangements.