§ Mr. Battle
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Her Majesty's Government have signed the Paris declaration and the United Nations programme of action for the least-developed countries; and what is the Government's policy towards recommendations on the amounts donors should spend on aid to the least-developed countries.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
The Government joined the international consensus in adopting the Paris declaration and the United Nations programme of action for the least developed countries. There are a number of different aid targets set out in the programme of action. We reaffirmed our commitment to the target of 0.15 per cent. of GNP for aid to the least developed, but we did not subscribe to any timetable for reaching it.