Sub-Saharan Africa

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th January 1988.

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Photo of Mr Martin Brandon-Bravo Mr Martin Brandon-Bravo , Nottingham South 12:00 am, 11th January 1988

My hon. Friend has set out a most welcome and substantial package. Will he tell us something more about the effect of long-term debt on such countries, and particularly what sums may have been written off? Although we cannot always protect people from their own folly, is there some way in which we can break the cycle of debt and trouble?