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Volume 974: debated on Thursday 29 November 1979

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if the Government will contribute to the national appeal for Dominica; and, if not, whether any additional aid is being given to Dominica following Hurricane David.

Her Majesty's Government fully support the aims of the appeal, but official aid to Dominica will continue to be administered separately. Disaster relief immediately following the hurricane totalled about £150,000 including the help given by HMS "Fife". A grant of £1 million is being provided for rehabilitation projects in addition to the £10 million development aid agreed when Dominica became independent. £100,000 has already been approved for banana rehabilitation and a 13-man team from the Royal Engineers is now in Dominica to help improve water supplies and to identify other projects. Special financial assistance of about £175,000 due early next year has also been advanced.