HL Deb 03 February 1999 vol 596 c216WA
Lord Acton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the current level of aid to Zimbabwe; and whether maintaining that level of aid depends on the record of the Government of Zimbabwe on human rights. [HL764]

Baroness Amos

In the last financial year, 1997–98, British aid expenditure for Zimbabwe was just over £12 million. Human rights are one of several factors that we consider in determining the level and content of the development assistance programmes but we are clear that the poor of Zimbabwe should not pay the price for human rights violations by their government.