HL Deb 05 August 1965 vol 269 cc520-1WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they can state the amount (a) of grants, (b) of loans, which have been made available to members of the Commonwealth at the time of independence and what grants and loans have subsequently been made.


The table below shows commitments in respect of grants and loans to member countries of the Commonwealth which have become independent in recent years, starting with the Federation of Malaya in 1957. Certain grants and loans very recently agreed in principle, but still the subject of detailed negotiation, have not been included.

In some cases grants and loans have been made some time after the date of independence but have either been regarded as a part of the independence settlement or connected with it but generally those grants and loans made available in the financial year of independence have been shown separately from those made subsequently.

The figures are for money committed, which does not necessarily coincide with money disbursed. In many instances, especially in the case of loans made under Section 3 of the Export Guarantees Act, 1949, disbursement is made over a period of years following the commitment of funds.

Loans made to the East African Common Services Organisation have been classified as made subsequent to independence as the organisation serves a number of Governments which achieved independence at different times.

Grants and loans made for defence purposes or grants to meet the cost of various forms of technical assistance provided by Her Majesty's Government have not been included in the table.

Grants and loans in the financial year of independence Grants and loans made subsequently
Country Grants £'000 Loans £'000 Grants £'000 Loans £'000
Federation of Malaya 22,608 8,127 2,250
Ghana 350 7,164
Nigeria 2,154 5,039 30,100
Cyprus 15,000 2,000
Sierra Leone 3,000 4,800
Tanganyika now Tanzania) 8,600 1,653 18,550
Uganda 1,977 6,000 744 14,400
East African Common Services Organisation 8,050
Jamaica 850
Malaysia 12,312
Kenya 555 300 9,915 29,761
Malawi 8,141 2,750 7,000
Trinidad and Tobago 974 581
Zanzibar (now Tanzania) 225
Malta 6,000 1,700 6,150 1,500
Zambia 2,750 3,000 1,000
Gambia 1,377 512 400
86,873 14,843 39,628 118,975