§ Mr. McQuarrie
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of the estimated value of the £1.5 million causeway construction project in Gibraltar is being funded by the Overseas Development Administration; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Raison
The construction of this causeway is a major and important item in the Gibraltar Government's current development programme. British assistance towards the cost of the construction was agreed in the second half of 1982. The design of the project has changed since first approval, and there have been detailed and lengthy discussions over the apportionment of costs. These have mainly related to the cost of diverting some service pipe works. These discussions have only just been completed and it has been agreed with the Government of Gibraltar that the aid programme will meet approximately 63 per cent. of the total costs of the work.