Malta, Gibraltar and India

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th June 1967.

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Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West 12:00 am, 29th June 1967

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what is the current value of United Kingdom aid and development programmes in Malta, Gibraltar and Indiaper capitaof their respective populations.

Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Middlesbrough East

The figures are approximately: Malta, £18 4s. Od.; Gibraltar, £21 11 s. Od.; and India, 2s.

Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West

Does my hon. Friend agree, in relation to his Answer to Question No. 23, that this is again an example of political distortion of genuine overseas aid and development priorities, and that the Government should finance political needs and pressures in other ways?

Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Middlesbrough East

My hon. Friend will appreciate that the population of India is so vast that, in total, the aid we give is very high. But I agree that we should try to do more.