HC Deb 12 November 1959 vol 613 cc568-9
15. Mr. Pavitt

asked the Minister of State for Commonwealth Relations to what extent the new training college being built at Lyallpur in Pakistan is receiving financial or other aid from Her Majesty's Government under the Colombo Plan.

Mr. Alport

The United Kingdom Government have undertaken to supply the textile training centre at present being built at Lyallpur with the bulk of its training equipment, to finance and recruit from this country four lecturers for the centre, including the principal, and to provide training in the United Kingdom for potential teaching staff from Pakistan.

Mr. Pavitt

Is the Minister aware that there is a second project available in that area for training officers in cooperative societies in co-operative work, that this has recently come before the Colombo Plan Committee, and that there has been some offer of support from the Canadian Government? Is he also aware that the Punjab has been the cradle of co-operation ever since the British Government helped to foster it there in 1908? Can he give an assurance that the Government will support the work of co-operatives in that area, through the new institute which is now being proposed? Will he couple the name of the famous registrar of the British Indian Civil Service, Sir Malcolm Darling, with this kind of work?

Mr. Alport

That is rather a different question from the one on the Order Paper. If the hon. Member wants me to give him information about it I hope he will put down a Question. The future policy of this institution must be a matter for the Pakistan Government and not for us.

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