India and Pakistan

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th April 1983.

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Photo of Mr Timothy Raison Mr Timothy Raison , Aylesbury 12:00 am, 25th April 1983

We are continuing to support substantial aid programmes in both countries. Provisional amounts provided in the financial year 1982–83 were £105 million for India and 13·7 million for Pakistan, all on grant terms, without interest or repayment. In India we support a wide variety of projects, ranging from power stations and fertiliser plants to local cost projects in housing and health, aimed at the poorest people. In Pakistan we are now concentrating on the poorest provinces of Baluchistan and the North-West Frontier bordering Afghanistan, and we are also assisting relief to Afghan refugees.