Bilateral Aid

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th March 1988.

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Photo of Mr Chris Patten Mr Chris Patten , Bath 12:00 am, 14th March 1988

The hon. Gentleman is overlooking a number of projects that we already have that have a direct impact on poorer groups. I refer him to the Hyderabad slum improvement project, the Vishakhapatnam slum improvement project, the resettlement programme in Zimbabwe, and a score of others. However, I accept that we need to make sure that the impact on poverty is part of the routine evaluation, and we are ensuring that that the case. I would be happy to share more of the information about that with the Select Committee and with all those who are interested. This year we intend to commission specific evaluation studies on the subject of poverty impact.