IN REPLY to Richard Darlington’s letter I’d like to suggest that the foreign aid of which he speaks is more of a disaster fund, and that’s fair enough.

If there’s a natural disaster (or a dangerous disease that has been exported around the globe by the Chinese) then we should step in to help.

However 0.7% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product being spent by the Overseas Development Agency, willy nilly, is bound to lead to wastage and it does: our aid goes to some places that don’t need it and to other places that don’t want it; it needs to be reviewed.

All of that wasted money is much needed in this country, rather than encouraging further over-population of an already seething Third World!

Niall Simpson

James Road