HC Deb 28 February 1966 vol 725 cc195-6W
Mr. Wyatt

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what is the total cost annually of current military aid to Zambia and to other parts of Africa which are not mentioned in Tables 1, 3 and 5 of Annex H in Part II of the statement on the Defence Estimates.

Mr. Bottomley

I can only answer for Commonwealth countries in Africa.

The most general form of military aid to Commonwealth countries in Africa is attributable to loan of military personnel to these countries for which the C.R.O. pays about half the cost and the receiving country pays the other half. In some cases also the C.R.O. pays for the tuition fees of the Commonwealth military students in the United Kingdom. The estimated cost to the United Kingdom of such loans and military training in Africa in 1965–66 is about £1.45 million.

The only other form of military aid to an African Commonwealth country is £2.6 million to Kenya as part of the Independence settlement.

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