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Mozambique (Vehicle 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 7, she will specify the exact nature, including the make, of the vehicles and spare parts being purchased by Mozambique with £3·3 million of United Kingdom aid; and whether she will give an assurance that there is no possibility of any of the vehicles being used for transporting ZANU terrorists to, or beyond, the borders of Rhodesia.

40 trucks and 100 bus chassis, together with a range of truck, bus and other vehicle spare parts worth £0·95 million, are being purchased from British Leyland. The balance of the £3·34 million allocation from the £5 million programme loan is for Land-Rovers for the Ministries of Health, Education and Agriculture. The other goods are to help meet a number of urgent development needs—e.g., re-equipment of municipal bus companies. British development assistance is for peaceful purposes only, and the Government of Mozambique accept this.