Clause 1

Part of Orders of the Day — Overseas Aid Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th July 1968.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Blenkinsop Mr Arthur Blenkinsop , South Shields 12:00 am, 5th July 1968

I would not have intervened at all in this debate but for the rather depressing speech of the hon. Member for Woking (Mr. Onslow), and I very much hope that the hon. Member for Essex, South-East (Mr. Braine) will, in due course, be able to put in better balance the attitude of his party. I have rarely heard a speech that was more obscurantist in its terms, which contained analogies that were no analogies and which clearly would, if the hon. Member were to succeed, lead the country into attitudes which would be condemned throughout the world and gravely endanger our position.

I note also that, although the hon. Member referred to the sums being made available for industrial development as compared with agricultural development —a matter of deep concern and of con- siderable importance—he made no attempt to suggest that the international funds to which we are contributing are making provision that is in any way unbalanced—