§ Mr. Biggs-Davison
asked the Lord Privy Seal what aid Her Majesty's Government intend to give to Pakistan, and to the Baluchistan development programme in particular; and how much has been contributed by the United Kingdom to the relief of Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
§ Mr. Luce
The Government are continuing to give substantial aid to Pakistan. When in Pakistan on 28 March my right hon. and noble Friend the Secretary of State announced a further aid grant of £4 million for the purchase of goods from Britain, as far as possible for the benefit of Baluchistan. We are also exploring the possibility of supporting new projects in Baluchistan.
We have provided £1,120,000 in cash or emergency supplies for the work of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for Afghan refugees in Pakistan. We have also provided approximately £1.4 million as our share of the European Community's contribution to the UNHCR's work for these refugees.
Housing (Scotland) £ million at 1980 survey prices* 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84 CURRENT EXPENDITURE General subsidies: Central government subsidies to local authority housing 198 159 Rate fund contributions to local authority housing 48 Subsidies to new towns and Scottish Special Housing Association 52 43 Housing association revenue deficit grants 1 1 Total general subsidies 300 202 Rent rebates: Central government 43 Rate fund contributions 4 Rent allowances: Central government 4 Rate fund contributions Total income related subsidies 51 59