HC Deb 27 April 1988 vol 132 c168W
Mr. Tom Clarke

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when Her Majesty's Government expect to achieve the United Nations' target of 0.7 per cent. of gross national product for overseas aid.

Mr. Chris Patten

Like previous Administrations, the Government have not set a date for achieving the 0.7 per cent. target. Progress towards the target depends on developments in the economy and other claims on resources. We have a substantial aid programme and one that is now growing in real terms.