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Conference, Bathurst

Volume 641: debated on Monday 5 June 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what recommendations were made by the recent official conference in Bathurst regarding the constitutional progress of Gambia; and when he expects to announce his decision on the recommendations.

A local conference was held at which there was an exchange of views on constitutional matters. The Governor is sending me his considered advice on the views expressed and I would prefer to wait until I have this advice.

Grants and loans approved and total issues made between 1st April, 1953 and 31st March, 1961 (Figures represent grants except where otherwise indicated)
U.K. Financial YearTotal issues on all projects (including those approved prior to 1953) during yearAmount of Grant or loan approved during yearProject
1953–54684,5247,000*Development of health services
8,380*Nutrition and health schemes
15,500Community Development Centre
363,427African housing
153,000African Peasant Fanning (Loan)
14,450Aeronautical telecommunications
500*Forestry research
1954–55545,570800Aerial survey
1,250Provision of mobile bookshop
243*List of trees and plants
1955–56174,2056,167Housing for forestry survey staff
32,770Rhodes-Livingstone Institute
1956–5798,45852,400Agricultural Research Services
18,711Fisheries Research Organization
1957–58nil5,496*Development of health services
1958–59298,672350,000Buildings for African education
209,600Development of communications
100,000Additions to rural hospitals
100,000Development of African schools
4,722*Agricultural Research Services
1,050Linguistic study
310Influence of Christian Missions study
1959–60390,808384,000Construction of roads
1960–61245,11434,800Employment exchanges
69,600African Agriculture
512,560African Education
3,288Ethnographic study
1,525Infestation of stored products research
NOTE: * Supplementary Grant.