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Textile Projects

Volume 934: debated on Monday 27 June 1977

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asked the Minister of Overseas Development what textile projects her Department is supporting in developing countries; if she will list these projects and the financial aid being given in each case; whether British textile machinery is being supplied on any of these schemes; what commitment exists to purchase the products; and if she will list the projects concerned and the amount undertaken to be purchased.

The list below shows textile projects currently under way or recently completed under my Department's bilateral aid programmes, and the

ProjectApproximate cost £
1.Afghanistan: Construction of new cotton ginnery1,700,000
2. Afghanistan: Extensions to cotton ginnery450,000
3. Bangladesh: Study of textile industry possibilities carried out by the Shirley Institute14,700
4. Bangladesh: Jute marketing survey10,300
5. Bangladesh: Consultancy to improve management efficiency, accounting and costing, production, operatives and supervisors at the Adamjee Jute Mills395,000
6. Bangladesh: Allocations to the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation, the Adamjee Jute Mills and to private importers:
Commodity Loan 2–1972 642,000
Commodity Loan 1–1973221,500
Commodity Loan/Grant 1–1974632,000
Commodity Loan/Grant 2–1974135,000
Commodity Grant–19753,000,000
Commodity Grant–19772,500,000
7. Bangladesh: Establishment of two ring-spinning plants at Adarsha and Mohini Mills7,140,000
8. Bangladesh: Allocations to the Bangladesh Textile Industries Corporation, mainly used for small items of capital equipment, spare parts etc.:
Commodity Loan 2–197250,000
Commodity Loan 1–197371,516
Commodity Fund 1–1974 (65 per cent. loan/35 per cent. grant) 263,000
Commodity Grant–19752,000,000
Commodity Grant–19771,500,000
9. Burma: Capital grant to Burma Textile Corporation for the purchase of spare parts for jute mill machinery180,000
10. Chile: Assistance to the Catholic Association for Overseas Development to help in establishment of cooperative textile workshop160,000
11. Colombia: Personnel and equipment for training at the Textile Centre of the National Apprentice Training Service at Medellin550,000
12. Egypt: Rehabilitation of Tala cotton ginnery500,000
13. Ghana: Consultancy to determine requirement for additional cotton ginnery capacity7,000
14. Ghana: Provision of Financial Controller to the Cotton Development Board for three years60,000
15. India: Since 1st January 1973 tied aid for the purchase of textile machinery has been provided to a large number of firms in the Indian textile sector*4,200,000
16. Mozambique: Goods relating to the textile industry will be financed712.000
17. Pakistan: British machinery and equipment has been purchased for three textile projects to establish a new blended yarn spinning plant, a new cotton yarn manufacturing unit and a new cloth finishing unit† 509,000
18. Peru: Personnel and equipment for training in the textile section of the National Apprentice Training Service at Lima275,000
* In addition to this aid for capital investment, maintenance aid has been made available for the purchase of spare parts and raw materials for existing plant in all sectors of the Indian economy. No figures are available for the proportion which has gone to the textile sector.
† In addition some maintenance aid to Pakistan may be used for the purchase of British textile machinery although no breakdown of the figures is readily available.