§ Mr. Longden
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if Her Majesty's Government propose to replace the two Dove aircraft given to the Emperor of Ethiopia in 1945.232W
§ Mr. Mathew
Yes. Her Majesty's Ambassador, Addis Ababa, has been instructed to tell the Ethiopian Government that, in response to a recent request from them, Her Majesty's Government are prepared to give them one Dove Mark II aircraft for His Imperial Majesty's personal use, in part replacement of the two old aircraft. Parliament will, in due course, be asked to vote the appropriate sum, which on present estimates is expected to be about £65,000, including delivery charges, by means of a Supplementary Estimate. In the meantime an advance will be obtained from the Civil Contingencies Fund as required.