§ Mr. Heathcoat-Amory
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will report the outcome of the discussion on tied aid credits at the informal ECOFIN of 4–6 April.
§ Mr. Lawson
The EC Economic and Finance Council meeting I attended at Ootmarsum in the Netherlands on 4 to 6 April convened as a formal Council to agree the European Commission's negotiating mandate on tied aid credits for the wider OECD negotiations that are to take place on 17–18 April. This Government's position remained as before to seek greater controls on tied aid credits by reaching international agreement to further measures of transparancy and discipline. A vote was taken on the mandate which was supported by the United Kingdom and approved by qualified majority.