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Turks And Caicos Islands

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 26 February 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if the announced grant of £3,950,000 for use in improving airport roads together with electricity and water supplies for a holiday village at Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the West Indies is tied to British contractors and British suppliers; and if he will estimate the total population of the island which is benefiting from this grant.

The grant to this dependent British territory is tied to the use of British and local goods and services in the same way as for any other aid project. Although only 250 Islanders will be employed directly by the holiday village, it is foreseen that the whole territory (whose population totals some 7,650) will benefit indirectly from the improved airport and air terminal, roads, water and electricity to be provided through the grant.