HC Deb 24 February 1954 vol 524 c390
25. Mr. Wade

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what contribution has been, or is to be, made by Her Majesty's Government towards the cost of repairing the damage caused by earthquake in Cyprus last September.

53. Captain Ryder

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what financial and other assistance has been allocated from United Kingdom resources to assist the people of Cyprus suffering from earthquake damage.

Mr. Lyttelton

Her Majesty's Government have decided that their financial assistance will take 'the form of a grant in cash of £500,000. In addition, they will bear the cost of the material aid already given by the Armed Services. This is expected to amount to some £250,000 to £300,000.

Mr. Wade

Whilst thanking the Minister for that statement, which I hope will be welcomed by all who have the welfare of this island at heart, may I ask what proportion that bears to the total cost which will result from the disaster of last September? Is it correct that the total is not less than £1½ million?

Mr. Lyttelton

I think the estimate of the hon. Member is about correct.

Captain Ryder

Can my right hon. Friend say what progress is being made in repairing this damage, and whether he will keep the matter under review in case further assistance is needed?

Mr. Lyttelton

I have a long list herewith which I do not think I should tax the patience of the House—showing the progress made. I should be glad to communicate the list to my hon. and gallant Friend.

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