HL Deb 04 November 1993 vol 549 c136WA
Lord Judd

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the central aim of their overseas aid programme remains, as stated, the reduction of poverty, and if so how they reconcile the expenditure of £234 million on the Pergau power project in Malaysia and all its consequences for the Malaysian people, with a total aid programme of £236 million in 1991–92 to all the 47 Least Developed Countries.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey

The central aim of the overseas aid programme for developing countries remains reduction of poverty and deprivation, both directly and through income-generation. To this end, the bilateral programme is targeted at the world's poorest countries, defined as those with a per capita GNP in 1991 of less than $765. In 1991–92 over 80 per cent. of bilateral aid allocable by income group, some £610 million, went to these low-income countries. The equivalent figure for 1992–93 was £617 million. I should emphasise that these are annual figures, and cannot be compared with the total allocation for Pergau power project, which is projected to be disbursed over 14 financial years.