§ Mr. Dunnachie
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list (a) the total aid budget given to India in the past financial year by Her Majesty's Government, and (b) the estimated aid budget for India in the coming financial year; and what proportion of Her Majesty's Government aid budget comprises loans to the Indian Government to be paid back to Her Majesty's Government with interest.
§ Mr. Eggar
Firm figures for gross public expenditure on aid in the last financial year are not yet available by country. In the calendar year 1986, gross public expenditure on aid to India was £143.5 million.
It is not our practice to reveal planning allocations for future years: these are of a provisional nature.
All aid expenditure in India in 1986 was in the form of grants, which have been the standard form of aid to India since 1975.