HC Deb 23 October 1990 vol 178 c109W
Mr. David Porter

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the policy for targeting aid overseas in such way that it is not wasted and that it is monitored on the ground to allow maximum flexibility.

Mrs. Chalker

Each year the Government review overall aid policy, and the direction of multilateral and bilateral country programmes. This process is carried through into regular discussions with recipient countries on their development plans and priorities and on what assistance the United Kingdom is best able to provide. We have developed rigorous and effective systems for project management. All proposals are subject to technical, economic and financial appraisal before funds are committed. Projects are monitored during implementation, and completion reports are prepared. These provide a basis for further evaluation if required.