HC Deb 23 November 1979 vol 974 cc365-6W
Mr. Michael Brown

asked the Lord Privy Seal what is the total value of economic aid which has been given to Uganda since the installation of the civilian Government.

Mr. Ridley

In April and May 1979, we made capital aid grants totalling £2 million for immediate economic rehabilitation in Uganda. We are also incurring expenditure on technical co-operation activities estimated to cost about £700,000 this year. Earlier this month we offered the Uganda Government a further £4 million of capital aid for expenditure in 1980–81 and said that we hoped to spend up to £1 million on further technical cooperation activities in that year.

In addition, we indicated that we hoped, subject to parliamentary approval, to be able to conclude a retrospective terms adjustment agreement which would relieve Uganda over a period of years of payments to Her Majesty's Government totalling over £16 million in respect of past Government loans; and to reach a final agreement on the payment of pensions for expatriate staff which would benefit Uganda substantially (including a net payment to Uganda of up to £2¾ million).

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