HC Deb 08 May 1962 vol 659 cc198-9
15. Mr. P. Williams

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what further investigations are taking place with regard to the possibility of building an airfield in the Seychelles.

Mr. Maudling

The report of the reconnaissance team which visited Seychelles in 1961 is now being examined.

Mr. Williams

Will not my right hon. Friend agree that these islands are in need of assistance from this country and that it might well be possible for us to give help by combining the strategic need with social responsibility and opening up these islands by providing transport facilities via an airfield?

Mr. Maudling

We are considering the airfield possibilities, and the strategic possibilities are certainly not being overlooked.