HC Deb 18 July 1979 vol 970 c705W
Mr. McElhone

asked the Lord Privy Seal what was the level of overseas aid to the Caribbean in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979; and what proportion of the reduction in overseas aid will be borne by the Caribbean.

Mr. Neil Marten

The details of bilateral British aid—gross—to the Caribbean in financial years 1976 to 1978 were as follows:

a. Commonwealth Caribbean (including Dependencies):
1976 £22,184,000
1977 £16,247,000
1978 £41,025,000

The increase in 1978 is largely attributable to programme loans for Jamaica totalling £25.5 million signed during the year.

b. Non-Commonwealth Caribbean:
1976 £77,000
1977 £73,000
1978 £113,000

It is not possible to say at this stage to what extent the restrictions on aid expenditure this year may affect the Caribbean nor, therefore, to give comparable figures for 1979.

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