HC Deb 09 August 1972 vol 842 cc476-7W
Mr. Dalyell

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he hopes to complete his consideration of proposals to send a team of officials to China to study specifically the problem of development aid to third countries; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Wood

I already have enough general information about Chinese experience in this field to enable me to draw any lessons from it which would be helpful. I have considered the possibility of asking the Chinese Government to allow a team of British officials to make a deeper study, but in view of the wide differences between the British and Chinese economy and technology, I do not think there is likely to be sufficient advantage from such a study to justify that request.

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