HC Deb 17 June 1958 vol 589 c68W
84. Mr. Owen

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what requests for technical assistance the Government has received from the Commission for Technical Co-operation in Africa during the periods 1956–57 and 1957–58, respectively; and what has been the Government's response.

Commander Noble

None. The Foundation for Mutual Assistance in Africa South of the Sahara, which has been established under the aegis of the Commission for Technical Co-operation to handle technical assistance, was only set up four months ago, that is towards the end of the two years mentioned in the Question. Her Majesty's Government played a leading part in its creation. No formal requests have yet been put to Her Majesty's Government, either through the Secretariat of the Foundation or direct from the countries concerned. But several informal requests have been mentioned to us, and we hope that some of these will soon be submitted formally.

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