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Thursday, 22 May 1980
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Mr Uren asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 2 1 April 1 980:

Will he provide more current and complete information on aid to Vietnam than that provided in the answer to pan (2) of question No. 3269 (Hansard, 3 May 1979, page 1889).

Mr Mackellar - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

In addition to those OECD and Western donors listed under 2 (a) of question No. 3269, it has subsequently been ascertained that the Federal Republic of Germany (ceased 1975) and the EEC provided aid to Vietnam prior to 25 December 1978. Under 2 (b) (i), Canada and New Zealand also have suspended aid to Vietnam. The United Kingdom has decided to suspend its aid program to Vietnam, but will proceed with the delivery of four cargo ships, due to be handed over later this year, because it would be too costly to cancel the contracts.

No time has been set by Japan, Switzerland and the Federal Republic of Germany for the recommencement of their presently dormant aid programs to Vietnam.

With regard to 2 (b) (ii), no other additional OECD and Western donors have advised a decision to cease providing aid to Vietnam at the completion of current programs. Norway has recently decided, however, to decrease the level of its aid to Vietnam. In addition, available information suggests that French aid is continuing, only at a low level.

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