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Guyana

Volume 976: debated on Friday 21 December 1979

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asked the Lord Privy Seal (1) if he will take steps progressively to reduce aid to Guyana in view of the limitations placed on democratic freedom in that country;(2) if he will give an assurance that no extraordinary or emergency aid will be made available to the Guyanese Government until such times as human rights are restored and the country is solvent.

Capital aid to Guyana is presently being provided under the terms of loan agreements signed in 1978. Consideration of any future commitments will in the usual way take due account of the economic and political situation there. All items in the aid programme are necessarily under review at the present time.

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will detail the content and out come of the talks held between his officials and Mr. Nascimento, Minister in the office of the Prime Minister of Guyana.

Mr. Nascimento called at the Overseas Development Administration on 30 November to discuss the progress of an existing ODA-assisted project for vehicle maintenance. Note was taken of his representations.