HC Deb 27 June 1957 vol 572 c394
8. Mr. Swingler

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what loans and grants have been made by the United Kingdom to the Seychelles in each of the last five years; and for what purposes.

Mr. Profumo

Since 1952, £130,031 has been granted to Seychelles under C.D. & W. schemes mainly for health, housing, agriculture, communications and education. For details, I would refer the hon. Member to the Return of Schemes made under the C.D. & W. Acts published each year as a House of Commons Paper.

Mr. Swingler

While welcoming the announcement that a Commissioner is to be appointed to investigate the administration of the Seychelles, even though it was announced in a rather haphazard way, may I ask whether we are to understand that it will be part of this Commissioner's function to investigate how this money has been spent and to ensure that in future it is spent through the proper channels and is properly accounted for?

Mr. Profumo

We had better await the result of the Commission, which will cover all the sort of things that the hon. Member has in mind.