HC Deb 29 June 1967 vol 749 c717
1. Mr. Marten

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what help is proposed for comprehensive schools and roads in the British Virgin Islands.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Overseas Development (Mr. Albert E. Oram)

A C.D. and W. grant of £78,850 was approved in December, 1966, for the construction of a comprehensive school of 800 places in Road Town and building is expected to start shortly. C.D. and W. grants totalling over £244,000 have been made for road development since 1st April, 1965.

Mr. Marten

I am grateful for that Answer. Would not the Parliamentary Secretary agree that, if Colonies like this, which have been very loyal, are to become viable entities, we must concentrate more on infrastructures such as these? Now that we have fewer Colonies, could these Colonies get more of a share?

Mr. Oram

Although we have fewer Colonies, we have just the same number of anxious recipients of our aid and I would not like to be too forthcoming in answer to that supplementary question.

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