HC Deb 17 March 1986 vol 94 cc15-6W
66. Mr. Chope

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he is satisfied that the aid programme works sufficiently to the advantage of British industry.

Mr. Raison

British industry benefits substantially from the aid programme. Bilateral aid is generally tied to procurement in Britain and the value of multilateral aid contracts placed in Britain exceeds the value of our contributions to the agencies concerned. Over the last three years, the aid and trade provision has supported £1 billion of exports. By 1988–89, the new soft loan scheme is expected to enable us to double the amount of ATP-supported business annually.

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