HC Deb 20 July 1965 vol 716 cc179-80W
32. Mr. Philip Goodhart

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what assistance is being given to Nepal.

Mrs. Castle

A grant of £1 million spread over five years was offered by Her Majesty's Government at the time of the Royal visit in 1960. The main projects among which this has been allocated are the electrification of Katmandu, road improvements and technical training of Nepalese civilians in Malaya.

A Section III Loan of £800,000 was offered to Nepal in 1961 for electrification, of which £267,000 remains to be spent.

Under technical assistance we have sent 6 experts to Nepal, at a cost of £23,000. 67 Nepalese were trained in the U.K. last year at a cost of £47,000.