§ 23. Mr. Longbottom
asked the Minister of Overseas Development whether she will consider setting up an Overseas Development Service to assist in satisfying the demands for technical assistance made to her Department.
§ Mr. Longbottom
Can the hon. Gentleman tell us when we can expect the results of this review? Is he aware that all technical assistance is now so specialised that we must try to attract to the service people who will devote a lifetime to work in the service of developing countries, because this is of maximum benefit? What can we expect to hear further about this?
§ Mr. Francis Noel-Baker
Can my hon. Friend say how easy or difficult he is finding it to fill these posts with suitable people? Is his Ministry now considering opening offices similar to the Middle East Development Commission in other parts of the world, notably Africa and South America?
§ Mr. Longden
I hope that the hon. Gentleman will not exclude from his review the needs of the countries of Latin America.