HC Deb 09 April 1959 vol 603 cc43-4W
Mr. Russell

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in view of the increase in the expenditure on technical assistance under the Bagdad Pact in 1959–60 and on the Pact's nuclear centre, if he will state in which countries this money will mainly be spent in future; and to what extent any already spent in Iraq will be recoverable.

Mr. R. Allan

Her Majesty's Government announced at the Sixth Session of the Bagdad Pact Economic Committee in January, 1959, that they intend to make available £850,000 per annum for the provision of technical assistance under the Bagdad Pact. This money will be used for the supply of equipment and technical experts to Turkey, Iran and Pakistan and for the provision of training

(2) what was the number of new schools completed in Hertfordshire during the years 1945 to 1951 and 1952 to 1958.

Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

The information is as follows:

facilities in the United Kingdom for nationals of those countries. Exactly how much will be spent in or for the benefit of any particular country of the three is not yet known, but Her Majesty's Government try as far as possible to spend it on projects which will be of benefit to all.

The technical assistance provided by the United Kingdom to Iraq, prior to the latter's withdrawal from the Bagdad Pact, is not of course recoverable. In addition, Her Majesty's Government had contributed the equipment for the Nuclear Training Centre in Bagdad, together with some of the staff and a share of the running costs. Negotiations between the Pact organisation and the Iraqi authorities for the disposal of this equipment have not yet been completed