§ 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.