HC Deb 15 December 1964 vol 704 cc199-200
24. Mr. Molloy

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what means exist, or are envisaged, for informing sixth formers in secondary modern, grammar, and comprehensive schools of the opportunities that exist in pursuing a career in overseas territories which are within her purview; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Oram

The most effective means, in my opinion, is in the sixth form conferences for groups of schools on Commonwealth affairs organised so admirably by the Commonwealth Institute. Officers of my Department are frequently invited to take part in these conferences and do so. My Ministry is of course also associated with the scheme for volunteers run by Voluntary Service Overseas which has close contacts with schools.

Mr. Stratton Mills

Will the hon. Gentleman consider using Mr. Nicholas Kaldor as a lecturer in the schools?

Mr. Oram

Mr. Kaldor is fully occupied helping to clear up the economic mess left by the Conservative Government.

Mr. R. Carr

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in spite of the so-called economic mess to which he refers, aid was doubled by the last Government in six years? Will he set a similar target?

Mr. Oram

It is certainly true that aid was increased, but it is also true that we are going to do far better.