I propose to take Questions Nos. 9 and 30 together.
I am aware that the 1988 report of the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD shows Ireland as joint second lowest with the US at 0.20 per cent of GNP for 1987. Austria is the lowest at 0.17 per cent.
I am also aware of the Comhlámh campaign. However, the very difficult budgetary situation which this Government have faced since they took office has required deep cuts in expenditure in all areas and ODA could not have been exempted. Deputies will be aware that the amount provided in the 1989 Estimates shows an increase of approximately £1 million over last year's figure.
We are committed to progress towards the UN target as budgetary circumstances allow.