HC Deb 10 November 1966 vol 735 cc1535-6
Q9. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Prime Minister whether he is satisfied that the arrangement of responsibility between Ministers ensures adequate attention to aid for the still dependent territories formerly administered by the Colonial Office; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir, and I can assure the House that full account is taken of the particular and direct responsibility which we have for the economic and social progress of our dependent territories.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

Following this necessary reorganisation, will the Prime Minister ensure that there are enough officials, particularly overseas, to carry out our responsibilities to these still dependent territories?

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir. As the hon. Gentleman knows, with the new organisation of the Ministry of Overseas Development it is possible to ensure that, whatever funds are available for development and aid, they are channelled to where they are most needed, particularly in the Commonwealth.