HC Deb 16 December 1976 vol 922 c806W
Mr. Parry

asked the Minister for Overseas Development is he is satisfied with the amount of overseas aid given by the United Kingdom to the Philippines; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Judd

Yes. The Philippines is not among the most needy countries, on which our aid is being increasingly concentrated in accordance with the new aid strategy. Therefore we have been giving that country a small amount of technical co-operation but no capital aid. The Philippines Government is aware that we would be willing to consider more requests for technical co-operation than we are receiving. In co-operation with that Government the Comonwealth Development Corporation is investigating the possibilities of investing in suitable projects.

Mr. Parry

asked the Minister for Overseas Development what amount of aid has been given to the Philippines in each of the past five years.

Mr. Judd

The following amounts of British Government aid have been disbursed in the last five years, all on technical co-operation:

1971 108,000
1972 111,000
1973 135,000
1974 190,000
1975 241,000