HC Deb 06 December 1979 vol 975 c281W
Mr. John Townend

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make it a criterion for the granting of overseas aid that no such aid shall be given from public funds to one-party, Marxist or Communist States.

Mr. Hurd

I can give no such absolute assurance, which would, for example, exclude relief aid to the people of Kampuchea. But I can confirm that the political conditions in particular developing countries are taken into account when deciding upon our aid programme.