Procurement Policy

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th November 1992.

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Photo of Michael Fabricant Michael Fabricant , Staffordshire Mid 12:00 am, 16th November 1992

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of overseas aid is used for the procurement overseas of British goods and services.

Photo of Mr Mark Lennox-Boyd Mr Mark Lennox-Boyd , Morecambe and Lunesdale

The proportion of bilateral aid commitments tied to British goods and services was 76 per cent. in 1989, 79 per cent. in 1990 and 74 per cent. in 1991.

Photo of Michael Fabricant Michael Fabricant , Staffordshire Mid

Do British manufacturers derive any export benefit from multilateral aid—aid given through the European Commission or, indeed, through agencies of the United Nations?

Photo of Mr Mark Lennox-Boyd Mr Mark Lennox-Boyd , Morecambe and Lunesdale

Certainly. I have just given the overall percentage for bilateral aid; a total of £934 million helped British industry in 1991. We reckon that, over the seven years between 1982 and 1989, every £1 contributed to multilateral aid produced £1·40 for British goods and services.