HC Deb 13 May 1976 vol 911 c263W
40. Mr. Douglas-Mann

asked the Minister of Overseas Development whether he is satisfied that the proposals in the Public Expenditure White Paper in relation to overseas aid are adequate in the light of the statement on world population trends and the need for resource transfers in the concluding paragraph of the Cabinet Office Paper "Future World Trends".

Mr. Prentice

I should like to see a faster rate of increase in public expenditure devoted to overseas aid, but the Government have always had to make it clear that this must depend on the pace of our own economic recovery and on the other calls on our resources. Meanwhile, our aid is increasingly directed to development for the benefit of the world's poorest, and especially to rural development.