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Volume 929: debated on Thursday 7 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will offer a cash settlement to the Banaban community; how much money he proposes to offer; and if interest will accrue on the sum because of the delay by his Department in producing proposals.

As I made clear in my Answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Handsworth (Mr. Lee) on 26th January, we have been actively considering with the partner Governments of Australia and New Zealand certain proposals to help the Banabans secure their future after phosphate revenues end. These consultations are not yet complete.