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Volume 977: debated on Thursday 31 January 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what joint recommendations have been received from the Kiribati Government and the Rabi Council of Leaders following the completion of the appraisal survey of Banaba (Ocean Island); and when he expects these to be implemented.

The report of the appraisal survey team has not yet been completed. We have meanwhile received from both parties jointly a request for aid finance to meet the costs of maintaining the existing facilities on Banaba until the end of 1980. I shall consider this request in the light of the survey team's findings.