HC Deb 15 April 1958 vol 586 cc18-9
23. Mr. Wall

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what has been the amount of financial help Britain has given the Cyprus Government towards the cost of the emergency and towards the cost of development, respectively, in 1956, 1957 and 1958.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

As the reply contains figures in tabular form, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Wall

Will my right hon. Friend agree that development in Cyprus is extremely important and that an adequate amount is required for this purpose?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

It certainly would be available, but the situation on the island has not allowed its deployment.

Mr. Callaghan

In view of the heavy financial burden on the taxpayer, may I ask in what circumstances the Colonial Secretary will be able to make a statement on policy which will bring the situation to an end?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I am in no better position to answer that question than I was half a minute ago.

Following are the figures:

*U.K. Grant in aid towards the cost of the Emergency †Grants issued from Colonial Development and Welfare Funds
£ £
1955–56 Nil 148,396
1956–57 2,405,000 Nil (over-issue of £2,194 reimbursed by the Cyprus Government to H.M.G.)
1957–58 7,295,000 55,056
* The U.K. contribution towards the cost of the Emergency in any financial year is not the same as the reimbursable Emergency expenditure incurred during that year. Expenditure incurred in one year by the Armed Forces is often not claimed until the following financial year.
† The Cyprus Government's regional allocation from Colonial Development and Welfare Funds for the period 1956–60 is £500,000.

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