HC Deb 12 February 2004 vol 417 c1576W
Mr. Robathan

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is towards giving aid to countries that illegally obtain nuclear weapons. [152851]

Hilary Benn

The prime consideration in allocating aid is the extent to which we are able to make an impact on reducing extreme poverty. Therefore, our development assistance is concentrated on countries where governments are committed to spending their budgets on poverty reduction priorities.

Issues of good governance and levels of military expenditure (including any nuclear-related spending) are among the factors we take into account in determining aid allocations.