HC Deb 01 February 1982 vol 17 cc13-4W
45. Mr. Bowen Wells

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether, in reviewing his policy toward aid to Zimbabwe for land requisition and development, he makes any assessment of the adequacy of funds from all sources to the Zimbabwe Government for this purpose.

Mr. Neil Marten

Yes. We have already agreed to finance a very substantial part of the two programmes for land resettlement for which the Zimbabwe Government are seeking aid. Other donors are contributing and we hope that they will increase their efforts, as we have done by offering £10 million towards the second resettlement programme.

46. Mr. Spearing

asked the Lord Privy Seal what progress has been made in land resettlement schemes in Zimbabwe funded by Her Majesty's Government; and what proportion of the allocated funds have been already spent on land purchase and the costs, respectively.

Mr. Neil Marten

Under the first resettlement programme, to which we are contributing £20 million, 16 schemes covering resettlement of some 6,000 families on 377,000 hectares of land have been approved and are under implementation. The second programme, to which we have agreed to contribute £10 million, has not yet been started by the Zimbabwe Government. So far the Zimbabwe Government have submitted claims, which we have met, for some £1.4 million for land purchase, and some £121,000 for initial development costs.