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Volume 32: debated on Thursday 25 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the United Kingdom will give or encourage practical help to improve educational, medical and social facilities in Namibia. the departmental Select Committees (a) abroad and (b) within the United Kingdom in each Session since their appointment; and what was the cost of such visits to each committee.

[pursuant to his reply 17 November 1982, c. 178]: The information is set out in the following tables.

Substantial assistance is already being provided to Namibians. In reply to a question from my hon. Friend on 17 November—[Vol. 32, c. 193–94]—my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State described the help that we are giving in the teaching of English. Training is also being provided for Namibians in child care, nursing, pharmacy and a number of other vocational and technical subjects. Opportunities for work within Namibia itself are obviously limited by the absence of a settlement within the terms of Security Council resolution 435; as has already been stated, the British Government would certainly consider offering development assistance to Namibia after independence achieved in accordance with that resolution.