HC Deb 21 July 1969 vol 787 cc245-6W
66. Mr. Fisher

asked the Minister of Overseas Development whether he will now make a statement about aid to Malta during the last five years of the Agreement.

Mr. Prentice

The negotiations with the Malta Government have not yet resulted in agreement and I am therefore not in a position to make a statement.

Mr. Wall

asked the Minister of Overseas Development how long discussions with the Malta Government on British aid for their second five-year plan have been proceeding; why an agreement was not reached prior to the presentation of the budget to the Maltese Parliament; and why the terms of the first five-year plan have not been complied with.

Mr. Prentice

Discussions with the Malta Government have concerned the terms and conditions on which aid should be given during the second five year period provided for in the 1964 Financial Agreement. They began last December but have not yet achieved agreement. The terms in the Agreement relating to the first five-year period have been complied with.