Multilateral Organisations

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th April 1987.

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Photo of Mr Chris Patten Mr Chris Patten , Bath 12:00 am, 6th April 1987

I find that for about 50 per cent. of the time I am criticised for our multilateral contributions going up too much, and the other 50 per cent. of the time I am criticised on the other flank with regard to our bilateral contributions. I believe that we have the balance about right. I was particularly pleased recently that we were able to make a contribution of £524 million to the replenishment of the International Development Association. The hon. Gentleman will also know about our contributions to the International Fund for Agricultural Development special programme for Africa and to the UNICEF global immunisation programme, which I mentioned earlier.