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Department for International Development written question – answered on 12th July 2017.

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Photo of Richard Graham Richard Graham Conservative, Gloucester

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Prosperity Fund in the delivery of her Department's goals.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK ended its traditional bilateral aid programmes with China in 2011 and ended all financial aid to the Indian government in 2015. Instead the UK is now building relationships with these countries focused on trade and investment and on working together on global issues. We need to be clear that the Prosperity Fund is part of this new more mature partnership and allows us to share cutting edge UK expertise to support economic growth and development. This is good for these countries but is also strongly in our own national interest.

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