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Mozambique (Aircraft Purchases)

Volume 934: debated on Monday 27 June 1977

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asked the Minister of Overseas Development whether, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Hazel Grove (Mr. Arnold) on 16th May, Official Report, column 17, she will specify the exact nature of the aircraft spares and tyres, including the type of aircraft for which they are intended, being

financial aid being provided in each case. British machinery is being provided for all projects except Nos. 3, 4, 5, 10, 13 and 14 which relate to the provision of technical co-operation only. In no case is there a commitment to purchase the products deriving from any of these schemes.

purchased by Mozambique with £325,000 of United Kingdom aid; and whether she will give an assurance that there is no possibility of any of the aircraft involved being used in any military capacity by ZANU terrorists against Rhodesia.

So far £23,000 has been paid from the £5 million programme loan for main tyres and nosewheel tyres of British manufacture. It is understood these tyres are for Boeing 737s operated by DETA, the national airline of Mozambique. A further small payment for these tyres should be made shortly. Orders for the balance of the £0·325 million allocation for aircraft tyres and spare parts have yet to be received. British development assistance is for peaceful purposes only, and the Government of Mozambique accept this.