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Volume 639: debated on Wednesday 3 May 1961

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asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assistance Her Majesty's Government are providing for the English School and the Orde Wingate School in Ethiopia; and if he will make a statement.

I have been asked to reply.The British Council assists the General Wingate School in Addis Ababa by recruiting the headmaster and other British staff on behalf of the Ethiopian Government, and by making a contribution to their salaries. It also gives a modest subsidy to the English School. In addition, the offer has been made of a capital grant, to be divided between the two schools, of £100,000, to be applied by the British Council subject to certain conditions. The offer of this help to the Wingate School has been accepted in principle by the Emperor. The proposals include an increase in the recurrent aid at present given to the Wingate School by the British Council.Discussions will now take place with the Ethiopian Ministry of Education in regard to the Wingate School and with the Governors of the English School on the details of the project.