HC Deb 11 December 1972 vol 848 c24
29. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement on the Under-Secretary's visit to Fiji.

Mr. Anthony Royle

During my visit to Fiji I had discussions with the Prime Minister on a wide range of topics of mutual interest. I accompanied the Deputy-Prime Minister on the helicopter tour of the areas worst hit by Hurricane Bebe. I also inspected the site of the new Lautoka hospital, at present the largest construction project in Fiji's development plan, and one to which Her Majesty's Government are making a major contribution. Our relations with Fiji remain excellent.

Mr. Bryant Godman Irvine

Can my hon. Friend say to what extent Fiji has recovered from the hurricane damage? Was he able to form a view about the aspirations of the South Pacific recently expressed at the South Pacific Forum?

Mr. Royle

The latter subject was not discussed in any detail between the Prime Minister and me. As the House was told on 6th November, Her Majesty's Government made an immediate cash contribution of about £12,500 to the Fiji Prime Minister's hurricane relief fund. We are hopeful that the damage will not prove as serious as was first feared.

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