Oral Answers to Questions — Aid

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd May 1976.

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Photo of Mr James Johnson Mr James Johnson , Kingston upon Hull West 12:00 am, 3rd May 1976

Since it is very unlikely that any Western nation, still less the United Kingdom, will fulfil its target of 0·7 per cent. of the gross national product, why did not my right hon. Friend show enthusiasm for the suggestion made earlier in the supplementary question by my hon. Friend the Member for West Stirlingshire (Mr. Canavan)? Is it not the case that, with the failure to hit this target, the only other means of helping the Third World is by an international commodity bank of the nature that, I understand, Dr. Kissinger is to suggest in Nairobi in a few days' time?