HC Deb 18 July 1983 vol 46 c3W
Mr. Best

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will maintain their support for the United Nations development programme at the same level in real terms as in 1982 as a minimum commitment; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Raison

The Government support the United Nations development programme as the central funding and co-ordinating agency for UN techical assistance. They intend to maintain their support for this programme within the constraints resulting from the need to restrict Government expenditure and the pressure of other aid commitments.

For 1983 the United Kingdom contribution to this programme will be £18.5 million, the same as in 1982. I cannot yet say what will be the level of our contribution for 1984.