HL Deb 31 July 1974 vol 353 cc2372-4WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many personnel from the British Army are employed in Malta on work being done for the public works department which would normally be done by Malta Government employees; and why they agreed to provide professional manpower to the Malta Government with a view to breaking a strike of the Malta Government Professional Officers Association.


A specialist team of Royal Engineers is in Malta under the terms of an agreement made with the Maltese Government in 1972 to assist The Director of Public Works Department, Malta, in the design, planning and implementation of projects to further the island's development. Its present strength is six officers and 19 men and its programme of work is primarily a matter for the Maltese Government. The team has not undertaken any new projects during 1974 and there can therefore be no question of the team being involved in an industrial dispute which began in February of this year.

House adjourned for the Summer Recess at twenty-seven minutes before two o'clock until Tuesday, October 15, 1974.

The Parliament was dissolved by Royal Proclamation on Friday, 20th September, 1974.

End of First Session and of the Forty-sixth Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the twenty-third year of the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.