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Reconstruction And Development Programme

Volume 648: debated on Thursday 9 November 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether steps are being taken in Mauritius to implement the Titmuss and economic reports; and what assistance is being provided by Her Majesty's Government.

The main recommendations in the Report of Professor Meade and others on the economic and social structure of Mauritius have been accepted and incorporated in the Mauritius Reconstruction and Development Programme 1960–65. Her Majesty's Government are providing loans and grants totalling £7·6 million towards the cost, which involves total expenditure of about £26·5 million. The Mauritius Government are considering to what extent they can carry out the recommendations in Professor Titmuss's Report on social policies and population growth in Mauritius, having regard to the absence of any consensus of opinion in the Legislature on the question of family planning, which is one of the cornerstones of the Report.