HC Deb 30 July 1964 vol 699 cc1770-1
13. Mr. Matthews

asked the Secretary for Technical Co-operation what scale of technical assistance he expects to make available to India in the current year; and how this compares with the previous two years.

Mr. R. Carr

My Department's expenditure on technical assistance to India in 1962–63 was of the order of £525,000. My best estimate is that the out-turn for 1963–64 will be about 25 per cent. higher and that there should be a further increase of about 33 per cent. in 1964–65.

Mr. Matthews

In thanking my right hon. Friend for these figures, may I ask whether he would say that this aid is adequate for British industry to participate effectively in India's economic development?

Mr. Carr

The first criterion is and must be what India wants, but within that criterion it has provided valuable opportunities which I know have been very much appreciated by the India Government for British industry to participate. The two best examples are the steelworks at Durgapur and the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi of which we have just been speaking.