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More or Less
Thursday, 23 June, 2005
BBC Radio 4, 1500 BST

More Or Less returned this week for a new series investigating numbers in the news, in politics, in life.

The first programme was devoted to the statistics and arguments about international development in the run-up to the G8 summit next month.

Andrew Dilnot and the team looked at a number of claims commonly made about developing countries to see if the statistics back them up.

They were trying to get the deal on debt into proportion and asking whether the numbers around debt have turned borrowing into a dirty word.

The programme investigated the argument that "more is better" when it comes to monitoring how aid is spent, and there will be questions about whether we really have a clear view of what is happening to developing countries across the world.

And if the data on development seems to point in many different directions or if it all seems like a snowstorm of numbers, you could hear in the programme how you can absorb 30,000 statistics in the space of ten seconds.

More Or Less was broadcast on Thursday, 23 June, 2005 at 1500 BST on BBC Radio 4.

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