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 Tom Clarke Tom Clarke Shadow Minister (Disability) 12:00 am, 14th March 1988

Does the Minister accept that it is very difficult to target aid at poverty in Third-world countries when we still have not resolved the problem of international debt? Bearing in mind what he said about the World Bank, does he accept that many African countries see the World Bank and its demands as part of their problems rather than as a solution to them? Would it not be better for the bank to come up with a strategy of debt relief instead of dealing with default in the interests of its own credit rating?