HC Deb 12 October 1976 vol 917 cc95-6W
Mr. Hooley

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what priority is being

Country Date of Independence Total of Passports issued since Independence to December 1975
Botswana 30th September 1966 3,975
The Gambia 18th February 1965 312
Ghana 6th March 1957 8,203
Kenya 12th December 1963 167,180
Lesotho 4th October 1966 907
Malawi 6th July 1964 14,226
Nigeria 1st October 1960 15,661
Sierra Leone 27th April 1961 3,463
Swaziland 6th September 1968 2,678
Tanzania 9th December 1961 (Tanganyika) 32,519
10th December 1963 (Zanzibar)
Uganda 9th October 1962 60,193
Zambia 24th October 1964 56,072

given within his departmental Vote to increased expenditure towards the cost of the services of the Hydrographer over the next decade.

Dr. J. Dickson Mabon

On the assumption that the relevant Vote is approved, my Department plans to spend £500,000 on the services of the Hydrographer in 1977–78. There is no further departmental demand at present for these services.

Mr. Hooley

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what sums from his Departmental Vote are allocated in 1976–77 to meet the cost of the work of the Hydrographer; and what percentage of his Department's expenditure this represents.

Dr. J. Dickson Mahon

In 1976–77 my Department will spend £376,000—less than half of 1 per cent. of its Vote—on the Hydrographer's services.