HC Deb 23 January 1989 vol 145 cc370-1W
56. Mr. Thurnham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about current methods of assessing the effectiveness of overseas aid.

Mr. Chris Patten

We have developed well-tried systems both for ensuring and assessing the effectiveness of our aid. These include annual country review and objectives papers; project appraisal and monitoring; project completion reports; and the full evaluation of a sample of projects. A full account will be given in this year's public expenditure White Paper, to be published shortly.