§ Mr. Braine
asked the Minister of Overseas Development what was the British aid expenditure for the financial year 1969–70.
§ Mr. Wood
Gross disbursements under the aid programme were £217.4 millions. These included £13.6 millions on items additional to the basic ceiling. Disbursements net of capital repayments were £188.3 millions. The comparable figures in 1968–69 were £207.7 millions, £6.9 millions and £177.3 millions. The most important of the additional items in 1969–70 were special aid (economic) to Malaysia and Singapore (£8.5 millions) and Kennedy food aid (£4.2 millions). Figures are not yet available for net private investment and net guaranteed private export credits, which also contribute towards the U.N.C.T.A.D. target of 1 per cent. of G.N.P. for total financial flows to developing countries. The appropriation account will be completed shortly; until then, the official aid figures are provisional. G.N.P. figures for 1969–70 are not yet available.