Joint Funding Scheme

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

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Photo of Mr Chris Patten Mr Chris Patten , Bath 12:00 am, 11th July 1988

It may well take tropical forests slightly longer to come to fruition than I am likely to be standing at this Dispatch Box. [Interruption.] I am not sure whether I am lucky or unlucky in making that observation. I wholly agree with my hon. Friend about the importance of forestry as part of our aid programme and that is why we have increased the funds available to it. One of the areas in which non-governmental organisations can work most valuably is in environmental protection and enhancement.