HC Deb 05 August 1971 vol 822 cc434-5W
Mr. George Cunningham

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will set out, for each Vote in the Main Estimates and Supplementary Estimates for 1971–72, a list of the items accounted as overseas aid in the public expansion programme analysis and the amounts proposed to be expended, or set off as appropriations in aid, in respect of each.

Mr. Wood

The items are as follows:

In addition, the net investment by the Commonwealth Development Corporation and the cashing on the National Loans Fund of promissory notes, issued to the International Development Association under the International Development Association Act, 1964, estimated at £13.7 million and £2.9 million, respectively, are classified as overseas aid.

The expenditure under the Special Aid (1968 Arrangements) with Malaysia and Singapore is classified as overseas aid in the Estimate, but it does not in fact count against the Overseas Aid P.E.S.C. heading. Certain other items are under review.

Further supplementary provision will be sought in due course against the 1971–72 overseas aid target of £245 million.

Mr. George Cunningham

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was the declared programme target for overseas aid, basic programme and additional items together, in each of the years 1966–67 to 1970–71; and what was the level of actual disbursements in each year.

Mr. Wood

The following are the figures:

Basic Aid Target Programme Outturn £ million Additional Items Outturn(1)
1966–67 225 215.2
1967–68 205(2) 210.3 2.5
1968–69 205 200.4 6.9
1969–70 205 204.3 13.8
1970–71 212 208.8(3) 17.5
(1) No target was fixed for additional items, and forecasts varied during the course of the year.
(2) Special payments due to devaluation led to an agreed excess over the target figure.
(3) The outturn for 1970–71 is provisional and includes an estimate of £10 million for prior year adjustment.

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