University of Rhodesia and Nyasaland

Oral Answers to Questions — Commonwealth Relations – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th January 1964.

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Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme 12:00 am, 30th January 1964

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations when the unexpended portion of the contribution of £2,875,000 from Colonial development and welfare funds towards the University of Rhodesia and Nyasaland will be spent; and what part the United Kingdom is playing in the negotiations about the university's future.

Photo of Mr Richard Hornby Mr Richard Hornby , Tonbridge

Of the unspent balance of the £2,875,000 Colonial Development and Welfare funds allocated to the College, £304,000 has not yet been committed to individual schemes. The British Government have recently released £110,000 towards the building of a Students' Union. I cannot at present say when the remainder will be made available.

On the second part of the hon. Member's Question, I have nothing to add to the Answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Chigwell (Mr. Biggs-Davison) on 23rd January.

Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme

In view of the substantial contribution made by Britain towards this university, can the hon. Member say whether it is the intention that the British Government shall con- tinue to be associated with the government of the University of Rhodesia and Nyasaland? Can he also say whether, in these negotiations, the Government will ensure that the university is maintained on multi-racial lines?

Photo of Mr Richard Hornby Mr Richard Hornby , Tonbridge

I cannot commit the British Government in advance of the forthcoming talks on the future of the college. The details of those talks will come later. As for the general principles on which the college is run, I am sure that we have a great deal of sympathy with what the hon. Member says.