HC Deb 18 December 1946 vol 431 c1943
20. Squadron-Leader Donner

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make known the nature of the priorities which have been drawn up in connection with the schemes for the expenditure of £4,000,000 as the first instalment of the 10-year development plan in Cyprus; how much of this £4,000,000 will be raised in the island; and how much will be paid by money made available under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act.

Mr. Creech Jones

The principal projects included in the first priority of the Cyprus development plan include work on irrigation and forestry development, agricultural improvement schemes, anti-malarial and rural health measures and improvement of hospitals, educational development, with emphasis on teachers' training, and village improvement schemes. Provision has also been made for tourist development. Fuller details are given in the printed plan, a copy of which is being put in the Library.

In reply to the second part of the Question, it is hoped to raise in Cyprus as much as possible of the £1,900,000 loan included in the £4 million plan. In reply to the third part, it has not yet been decided how much of the £1,750,000 allocation to Cyprus under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act will be allotted to first priority projects.

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