HC Deb 19 January 1965 vol 705 cc24-5W
86 Mr. Turton

asked the Minister of Overseas Development whether Her Majesty's Government have completed their discussions on the nature and extent of the financial burden assumed by Southern Rhodesia in the light of the undertaking on British aid included in paragraph 27 of the Victoria Falls Report; and what has been the outcome.

Mr. Oram

Arrangements for the continuation of the talks held last year have not yet been made.

Mr. Wall

asked the Minister of Overseas Development when it is proposed to pay the second instalment of the sum of £4 million promised to the Government of Southern Rhodesia last summer in respect of the extended short-term debt; and whether the British Government have had talks with the Governments of Zambia and Southern Rhodesia on the question of aid for development and other purposes, as envisaged in the statement made by his predecessor on 2nd July last.

Mr. Oram

The second instalment of the £4 million grant to the Government of Southern Rhodesia falls due for payment in April, 1965.

As regards Zambia, preliminary talks were held with Dr. Kaunda in November, 1964, and as my right hon. Friend informed the House on 20th November in reply to the hon. Member for Willesden, West (Mr. Pavitt), the British Government have agreed to make a grant of £1 million towards the capital costs of the new University of Zambia. Further financial discussions with the Government of Zambia are to take place in February.

As regards the talks with the Government of Southern Rhodesia, I would refer the hon. Member to my Answer today to the right hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton (Mr. Turton).