HC Deb 07 November 1979 vol 973 cc169-70W
Mr. Newens

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will provide a full list of current aid projects which the United Kingdom supports in Guyana, giving the cost of the British contribution in each case.

Mr. Neil Marten

The projects and the total—not annual—British contributions—all in the form of loans—are:

1. Tapakuma—£2.97 million. A large-scale irrigation project to increase rice production, co-financed with the World Bank and other donors.

2. Essequibo sea defences—£3.3 million. A project for reconstruction of the sea defences fronting the Tapakuma area.

3. Austin/Bedford repair programme—£0. million. Spare parts for vehicles operated by the Guyana Ministry of Works: two British mechanics are supervising the operation.

4. Pilot vessels—£0.675 million. Two vessels for the Georgetown pilot service.

5. Dredging equipment—£0.620 million. A tug and two split barges for the transport and harbours department, primarily for dredging in Georgetown harbour.

6. Miscellaneous capital goods. £6.5 million, allocated in April 1978, for the supply of various items of capital equipment incluuding two gas turbine generators, a Skyvan aircraft and components for the Demerara bridge.

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