HC Deb 20 January 1959 vol 598 c18
28. Miss Vickers

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the success of the East African Literature Bureau, he will consider giving a larger grant in order that the services of the Bureau can be increased because of the fact that there is an increased number of children leaving school, and a larger number of adults who can read in the local languages and in English.

Mr. J. Amery

Grants amounting to over £330,000 have been made under the Colonial Development and Welfare Acts towards the East African Literature Bureau in the period ending 31st March, 1960. It is proposed to continue this assistance for a limited period after that date, assuming that Parliament renews the Colonial Development and Welfare Act. In future, however, the main contributions will come from the East African Governments, who propose to continue their assistance at as high a level as possible.

Miss Vickers

Has my hon. Friend seen the reported statement that the East African High Commissioner is very doubtful whether there will be sufficient money, and does he not think that it is frustrating to people to receive education, either in local languages or in English, and then find that they have not sufficient books or magazines to read?

Mr. Amery

We certainly attach great importance to the continuance of the Bureau.

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