§ Mr. Adam Butler
asked the Minister of Overseas Development what financial aid has been given by the United Kingdom and the European Community to the New Hebrides over the last two years; and what aid is expected to be made available in the future under the terms of the Lomé Convention or any other EEC arrangements.251W
§ Mr. Prentice
United Kingdom financial aid to the New Hebrides totalled £2.326 million in 1974 and £3.096 million in 1975. In addition, technical assistance was provided at a cost of £0.559 million in 1974 and £0.685 million in 1975.
No disbursements were made by the European Community to the New Hebrides in 1974 or 1975, but over the five years of the Lomé Convention it is expected that 1.380 million units of account—£0.802 million at 1.72 units of account to £1—from the European Development Fund allocation for the British Dependent Territories will be made available to the New Hebrides. I cannot say what proportion of the European Development Fund allocation for the French Dependent Territories will be earmarked for the New Hebrides. It is
1975 1970 Commonwealth Development Corporation Chairman Chairman Deputy Chairman Deputy Chairman 9 board members 8 board members Crown Agents Chairman Chairman Deputy Chairman 1 Crown Agent 5 board members Indian Pensions: Civil Service Family Pension Fund (Transferred) Scheme 2 Commissioners 2 Commissioners Military Service Family Pension Fund (Transferred) Scheme 2 Commissioners 2 Commissioners Military Widows' and Orphans' (Transferred) Scheme 2 Commissioners 2 Commissioners The Superior Services (India) Family Pension Fund (Transferred) Scheme 2 Commissioners 2 Commissioners Overseas Students Fees Award Scheme Chairman — Tropical Medicine Research Board 5 board members 5 board members
The highest individual emoluments in 1975 and 1970 were £20,543 and £8,050 respectively. The lowest was £50 in each of the years. The increase in the highest emolument arises largely from a change in management structure in the organisation concerned in the intervening period. It is not possible to provide an exact figure for the total sums paid because some disbursements depend on the number of attendances a member makes. The approximate annual figures for 1975 and 1970 were £55,000 and £31,250 respectively.
Although I make these appointments the payments related to them are not made from funds administered by my Ministry.