§ 19 and 20. Mr. Longden
asked the Secretary for Technical Co-operation what further progress he has made with the technical assistance programme for Latin America; and how many ex-members of Her Majesty's Overseas Services have been selected by his Department for service in Latin America;
(2) what Her Majesty's Government are doing to help further the aims of the Alliance for Progress; and if he will make a statement.
We are progressing on the lines which I described to my hon. Friend in answer to his Question on 30th July. We shall shortly have 35 experts working in Latin America, seven of whom were members of H.M.O.C.S. Visits to Latin America have also been made by six of my Department's professional advisers, and we are making three substantial gifts of scientific and educational equipment.
My Department and the British Council will together be awarding 85 scholarships this year for Latin American students to come to this country. In addition, the British Council will be sponsoring about 130 visitors to this country and about 50 specialist tours to Latin America. We see our programmes as a definite contribution to the aims of the Alliance for Progress.