HC Deb 12 July 1979 vol 970 cc276-7W
Mr. Adley

asked the Prime Minister, whether it is proposed that gifts should be presented to the Government and to the House of Assembly—the Maneaba—of the Gilbert Islands to mark the attainment of independence on 12 July, when the country will be known as Kiribati.

The Prime Minister

The House will, I feel sure, wish to send congratulations to the Gilbert Islands on their impending independence, along with best wishes for the happiness and prosperity of the people of those Islands. Her Majesty's Government will propose that this House should offer a gift of a Parliamentary character to the Maneaba. Her Majesty's Government, for their part, will also offer a suitable gift to the Government of Kiribati to mark the occasion.

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