HC Deb 15 June 1972 vol 838 cc393-4W
Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in how many cases Lord Pearce or his special Commission arranged private meeting places for witnesses.

Sir Alec Douglas-Home

The Pearce Commission held meetings in accordance with whatever arrangements were requested by those who wished to give

Net Total Overseas Aid
Main Estimates 1972–73 £ £
Class II, 2. Foreign and Commonwealth Services:
C. 12. Central African Pension Fund 142,406
C.13. Anguilla: Expenses of H.M. Commissioner's Administration 80,000
E.1. United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (Grant in Aid) 1,875,000
E.2. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Grant in Aid) 180,000
E.18. United Nations Educational and Training Programmes for Southern Africa (Grant in Aid) 50,000
Class II, 5. Overseas Aid (International):
Total Estimate constituting direct public expenditure 195,721,000
Less: Items not classified as overseas aid—Subheads M1, M2, M3 and N 2,013,700
Class II, 6. Overseas Aid (General Services):
Total Estimate 38,962,000
Less: Amount not classified as overseas aid—Subhead A (Part) 250,000
Class IV, 13. Export Credits (Special Guarantees etc.):
Subhead C (Part). Acquisition of Guaranteed securities 1,999,990
Class VI, 5. Civil Accommodation Services etc., United Kingdom:
Subhead A (Part). New works on specialised buildings 545,000
Class XI, 3. Pensions, etc. (Overseas Services):
Subhead A. Superannuation and other payments to and in respect of certain Overseas pensioners and their dependants (1) (2) (Part) 11,570,000
Subhead E. Other Superannuation payments Parts (2) to (5) and (8) 1,614,880
Subhead F. Pensions etc., on Account of Service at the Central Office of the Overseas Audit Department 18,000
Subhead Z. Appropriations in Aid Part (1) Recoveries from the Federal Republic of Nigeria in respect of pensions, compensation etc. (Subhead A(1) and (2)) 200,000

The net investment by the Commonwealth Development Corporation and the cashing on the National Loan Fund of promissory notes, issued to the International Development Association under the International Development Association Act, 1964, estimated at £16.3 million and £2.7 million, respectively, are also classified as overseas aid.

Further provision will be sought in Supplementary Estimates.

I am considering how best to provide similar information in future.

evidence. The procedures adopted are described in the report and I have no further information about them.

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