HC Deb 17 April 1957 vol 568 cc1919-20
44. Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, in view of the ruling that applicants in British territories:Ire no longer permitted to accept fellowships offered by the World Health Organisation or the Food and Agriculture Organisation for courses of training available in this country, if he will take steps to ensure that alternative means of finance are made available to any such displaced students so that the territories to which they belong are not handicapped by lack of specialist-trained officers.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Assistance from United Nations Specialised Agencies is not intended as a source of financial aid. Training facilities existing in the United Kingdom are readily available to colonial Governments, and alternative means of finance can be made available by provision in the budgets of the territories concerned or by the use of colonial development and welfare funds.

Mr. Rankin

Is not the Secretary of State aware that the C.D. and W. funds are very scanty in this respect? Does he not think that it is inconsistent to recognise the existence of malnutrition in some of the dependent territories and to provide courses here for equipping qualified persons to deal with it in the affected areas, and then to refuse them the right to take a fellowship through the W. H. O. or the F. A.O. to make their attendance at the courses possible, their own territories not being financially able to assist them?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

It is a misunderstanding to think that people are prevented from coming here for training. Other arrangements can be made for them. These funds are available for technical aid, and if spent on training people who could be assisted in other ways would not be available for the technical aid.