HC Deb 16 March 1955 vol 538 cc122-3W
59. Mrs. Jeger

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what arrangements are made for education and medical attention in the resettlement villages in Malaya; and what sums have been allocated for this purpose.

Mr. Hopkinson

All except a few of the smallest new villages either have their own schools or are within reach of one in a town; and every new village has either a dispensary or a maternal and child health centre. The Government have spent nearly $6 million on school buildings alone and have made grants towards the costs of equipment and teachers' salaries. In 1954 medical work in the new villages was provided for by grants of $2,500,000 to the Governments of the States and Settlements, and $1,350,000 to the Red Cross, the St. John Ambulance Brigade and the Missions, all of which have since 1952 been making a magnificent contribution under emergency conditions in the rural areas.

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