HC Deb 30 June 1966 vol 730 c2163
5. Dame Joan Vickers

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what action he is taking to provide adequate funds for the building of the new capital city in British Honduras.

Mr. Frederick Lee

As stated when approval of this project was announced in March, 1965, the cost is estimated to be of the order of £4 million and the major part of this will be provided (subject to Parliamentary approval) from grants and loans made available by Her Majesty's Government.

Dame Joan Vickers

When will the right hon. Gentleman expedite this? This territory up to date has been fairly peaceful. Regrettably, there have been several riots, not connected with this, but the Honduras have never been the same since Hurricane Hattie, and I should have thought that a new capital would give the people fresh inspiration for the future.

Mr. Lee

The Premier was over here some time ago, when arrangements were made about the kind of development which we are now seeing. He discussed questions of finance with the Ministry of Overseas Development. I do not think that I can add anything at the moment.

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