HC Deb 30 April 1975 vol 891 c159W
Mr. Atkinson

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what payments have been made over the last two years by Her Majesty's Government to the Cypriot Government; and if he will list any outstanding items yet to be paid and to whom it is intended to make the payments.

Mr. Mason

The following payments have been made by my Department to the Cyprus Government in the last two financial years:

1973–74 1974–75
£ £
Payments for utility services. 1,012,000 1,476,000
Payments for medical care of locally employed civilians. 2,400 3,000
Social insurance payments and income tax payableby locally employed civilians. Figures not yet available
Customs dues 34,000 34,000

There have also been payments by the Ministry of Overseas Development.

Mr. Atkinson

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement concerning the future use of the British bases in Cyprus by the United States forces.

Mr. Mason

For some months we have allowed limited use of facilities at RAF Akrotiri by United States aircraft in the interests of progress towards a peaceful solution of the Middle East problem. There are no plans to extend the use of these facilities to other United States forces.

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