Technical Assistance

Oral Answers to Questions — Technical Co-Operation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st May 1963.

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Photo of Mr Bruce Millan Mr Bruce Millan , Glasgow Craigton 12:00 am, 21st May 1963

asked the Secretary for Technical Co-operation if be will state the total sums of technical assistance which have now been granted to coun- tries overseas in respect of projects specifically designed to provide work in development areas in this country.

Photo of Mr George Lawson Mr George Lawson , Motherwell

asked the Secretary for Technical Co-operation whether he will now announce further projects of technical assistance to countries overseas providing work for development districts in Scotland.

Mr. Carr:

My Department is mainly concerned with sending experts abroad and bringing students and trainees to this country. There is very little scope in technical assistance programmes for using surplus productive capacity in the United Kingdom. Such use of surplus productive capacity is capital aid and outside the scope of my Department.

Photo of Mr George Lawson Mr George Lawson , Motherwell

Nevertheless, while I appreciate the point, will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that this kind of activity is one which kills two birds with one stone, as it helps development areas in this country and helps development areas elsewhere? Will he use all his influence to see that this type of aid is stepped up?

Mr. Carr:

I shall certainly bear that in mind, and my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has already, by action, shown his understanding of that point.

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby South

Does the right hon. Gentleman recall that sending experts abroad and bringing students here on fellowships has led to large orders for British equipment, and that in fact on all the money which we have given for technical assistance, for the Special Fund, and even for the International Bank, we have made a large margin of profit in foreign exchange?

Mr. Carr:

I very much agree with the right hon. Gentleman, and I appreciate what he says about this. Indeed, in the long run there can be no better aid to British trade, for the development areas and elsewhere than to bring as many people here to train and send as many of our people abroad as possible.