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Aid Financed Trade

Department for International Development written question – answered on 23rd November 2016.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, Liberal Democrat Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will take steps to ensure that her Department does not link trade deals to aid projects; and what her policy is on her Department's use of aid to encourage trade deals.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Department for International Development

We champion economic development, which is the only way to lift huge numbers of people in poor countries out of poverty. Trade is an important part of economic development. Our economic development work will include support for countries to take advantage of trading opportunities and will not be tied.

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