HC Deb 30 June 1969 vol 786 cc9-10
18. Mr. Bidwell

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what assistance he is giving to British Honduras to build a new captial.

Mr. Prentice

I have just sent a message to the Premier to say that we will provide a further £807,000. This brings our total contribution to the new capital to £4,932,000. I am also ready to consider possible help towards the move to the new capital, which is expected to take place next year.

Mr. Bidwell

While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, which recalls the decision to assist in the building of the new capital arose out of the dreadful hurricane and loss of lives, and also the commitment of the previous Government to assist, may I ask him whether he will assure the House that every possible speed will be put into removing to the new capital when it is provided?

Mr. Prentice

Yes. In particular, we are in consultation with the Governor about the possible help and advice which British Honoduras may need on social and other aspects of the move when it takes place next year.

Mr. James Johnson

Will the Minister confirm, or otherwise, that the Prime Minister, Mr. Price, will be coming to discuss this and other projects in the colony?

Mr. Prentice

Not without notice.

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