During most of the 1970s, British development assistance was characterized by a number of features: (a) a relatively stable volume, generally ranging between .35 and .45 percent of GNP and comprising about 7 percent of total DAC assistance (Table 6.1); (b) a world-wide program including over 130 countries, characterized by a continuing concern with the Commonwealth which still accounts for a predominant share of bilateral assistance; and (c) an increasing concern with equity, which became formally expressed in 1975 as “more help for the poorest.” 1