HC Deb 07 March 1968 vol 760 c133W
50. Mr. Leadbitter

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what aid is proposed for The Gambia; how this compares with each of the past two years; and what is the value of trade obtained by the United Kingdom in The Gambia including British contracts for constructional purposes.

Mr. Prentice

British official economic aid to The Gambia totalled £839,000 in 1966 and £876,000 in 1967. Under a 4-year agreement negotiated with The Gambia Government last year disbursements in 1968 are likely to be rather more than £1 million.

British exports to The Gambia have risen from £2.1 million in 1965 to £2.5 million in 1967. Contracts won by British firms in The Gambia include one of £900,000 for road building financed from our aid.