HC Deb 07 February 1961 vol 634 cc199-200
18. Mr. Fisher

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the small proportion of African children receiving secondary education in Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Her Majesty's Government will provide additional financial assistance for secondary education over and above that available from the territorial budgets.

Mr. Iain Macleod

Grants are already made available for this purpose from Colonial Development and Welfare Funds, and over the last five years Her Majesty's Government have made grants for secondary educational projects totalling £204,625 for Nyasaland and £153,316 for Northern Rhodesia.

Mr. Fisher

I know my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has been very co-operative about funds for colonial projects, but, in view of the gradual transference of political power and administrative responsibility and the very small number of African children who are receiving secondary education, will my right hon. Friend the Colonial Secretary give a rather high priority to this matter when next he makes a financial request to the Treasury?

Mr. Macleod

Yes, I am sure I can give that undertaking. There is nothing I rank higher than the needs of African education in Africa.

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