HC Deb 24 March 1998 vol 309 cc95-6W
Sir Alastair Goodlad

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department is giving the People's Republic of China; and if she will make a statement on the amount of funding provided. [35729]

Clare Short

In 1996/97 (the latest year for which complete statistics are available), total British assistance to China came to some £32 million. China has about a third of the world's poorest people and a good record of pro-poor growth since the start of the economic reforms in 1979. We have a substantial co-operation programme. Priority sectors are education, health, the environment and economic and administrative reform.

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