HC Deb 09 July 1964 vol 698 c134W
65. Mr. Wall

asked the Secretary of State for Technical Co-operation what grants or loans have been made by Her Majesty's Government to ex-dependencies which have defaulted on their payment of pensions; what ex-dependencies are concerned; and what is the total amount of grants and loans involved.

Mr. R. Carr

The countries concerned are the Somali Republic and Zanzibar.

I am informed by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary that, just after the rupture of diplomatic relations with the Somali Republic in March, 1963, about £15,000 was paid under Her Majesty's Government's programme of financial aid to the Somali Republic to pensioners of the former Somaliland Protectorate Government. No subsequent payments have been made to the Somali Government, but my Department has spent about £6,000 on providing training courses in Britain for Somali nationals, in addition to some very limited British Council assistance for this purpose.

Since the revolution in Zanzibar small sums have been paid by my Department to Zanzibar nationals being trained in this country under technical assistance arrangements. No grant or loan has since been made to the Zanzibar Government by Her Majesty's Government.