Mauritius (Family Planning)

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th November 1966.

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Photo of Mr James Johnson Mr James Johnson , Kingston upon Hull West 12:00 am, 24th November 1966

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what technical assistance he is giving the Mauritius Government in the field of family planning.

Photo of Mr Albert Oram Mr Albert Oram , East Ham South

An expert adviser was sent out by the Ministry in 1965 at the request of the Government of Mauritius to survey the problem. A family planning programme has now been introduced and we are trying to recruit an administrator for this programme and two gynaecologists to work under it.

Photo of Mr James Johnson Mr James Johnson , Kingston upon Hull West

Will the Minister agree that a population explosion is now imminent in South-East Asia? Will he also agree that the Government of Japan has, in the last decade, changed this by conscious family planning, and will he keep on with his efforts in Mauritius where the population density has reached 1,100 or 1,200 per square mile?

Photo of Mr Albert Oram Mr Albert Oram , East Ham South

I agree with my hon. Friend about the seriousness of the population explosion, and the Ministry is concerned about this problem. My right hon. Friend is due in a few days' time to attend a Colombo Plan Conference in Karachi on Population Growth and Economic Development.