HC Deb 01 April 1969 vol 781 c210
8. Mr. Bryant Godman Irvine

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what financial support he has given to the Pacific Islands Producers Association; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Oram

A full-time Secretary to the Pacific Islands Producers' Association was recruited by my Ministry and appointed in February, 1969, for a period of three years under technical assistance arrangements.

My Ministry will meet all the major costs of this assignment, including salary, allowances and passage costs. The Government of Fiji will be responsible for certain local costs.

Mr. Godman Irvine

Is the hon. Gentleman aware how greatly that Answer will be appreciated in the Pacific and how important this is regarded by the islanders?

Mr. Oram

Yes. I know that there were some difficulties in connection with the work of this Association, and on inquiry it was found that this form of help would be most useful to them. I appreciate what the hon. Gentleman said.