HC Deb 07 December 1964 vol 703 cc149-50W
Mr. Wall

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what technical and economic aid is now being given to the Congo.

Mrs. Castle

The House was informed on 29th November, 1963, that Her Majesty's Government made a grant to the Congolese Government in 1963 of the sterling equivalent of 2 million U.S. dollars for the provision of British goods and services; this is still being spent. In addition, during 1964 Her Majesty's Government have contributed a sum of $500,000 towards the United Nations Congo Fund for civil and technical assistance. The House was informed of this on 19th March, 1964.

We are prepared to consider requests from the Congolese Government for bilateral technical assistance but there are no such schemes at present being undertaken.