HC Deb 26 March 1968 vol 761 cc242-3W
Mr. Boston

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs what has been the result of the consideration given to matters arising in discussions held with Zambian officials last December about contingency support for Zambia.

Mr. George Thomson

The amount required to pay for work on agreed projects up to 30th June, 1967, the limit prescribed in the agreement of February, 1967, is some £8.8 million out of the £13.85 million provided to cover this expenditure. This leaves some £5 million of that sum unexpended. In the light of the review held with the Zambian authorities last December and in order to continue to assist the Zambian Government to meet the cost of helping to put economic pressure on the illegal régime in Rhodesia, Her Majesty's Government have agreed to reimburse the Zambian Government up to the sum mentioned above.

Furthermore, the Zambian Government have been informed that the Prime Minister would be ready to have further discussions with the President of Zambia about matters of common interest to the two Governments including contingency support, at a time that would be convenient to the President.

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