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Namibia

Volume 163: debated on Monday 4 December 1989

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122.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has to assist in infrastructure development in Namibia.

123.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what aid Her Majesty's Government propose to make available as a priority to Namibia.

125.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much and what type of economic and development aid Her Majesty's Government gave in 1988, and are proposing to give in the current year, to Namibia.

British aid for Namibians in 1988 was just over £2 million. It focused on the development of English language teaching skills and scholarships for Namibians both inside and outside the country. This programme has continued in 1989. In addition we have contributed £1·15 million towards the refugee repatriation programme.My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister told the House on 26 October at col. 1046 that we would provide assistance to Namibia after independence. The priorities for a future programme will be agreed with the new Government.