HC Deb 20 July 1977 vol 935 c576W
Mr. Onslow

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what is the total forward commitment of United Kingdom overseas aid, on a year—by—year basis; and what amounts are involved in each of the bilateral or multilateral commitments which make up its total.

Mrs. Hart

Forward commitments are based on pledges to Governments and multilateral organisations normally covering periods of between two and three years. These pledges do not generally specify year—by—year commitments. However, I estimate that over the next three years disbursements arising from existing firm commitments will be as follows:

£ million
1978–79 1979–80 1980–81
Bilateral aid 282 244 211
Multilateral aid 213 220 225
Total 495 464 436

It is not my practice to publish a detailed breakdown of forecast disbursements.

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