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Banabans

Volume 950: debated on Wednesday 24 May 1978

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24.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether, in view of the desire of many Banabans now residing in Fiji to return to their homeland, Banaba, now derelict as a result of phosphate mining, the Government and their partners in the British Phosphate Commission, who have together benefited greatly from extraction of the Island's only resource, intend to assist in the work of restoration.

Notwithstanding the decision of the Vice-Chancellor to award damages of some A$14,000 in the replanting action against the British Phosphate Commission, the latter renewed its earlier offer of A$1ยท25 million in final settlement. In addition, the British Government have offered to finance a resources study of the island.