South Vietnam

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 Philip Goodhart Mr Philip Goodhart , Beckenham 12:00 am, 24th November 1966

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what assistance the United Kingdom will be giving to South Vietnam in 1967.

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

Probably between £200,000–£225,000 in value.

Photo of Mr Philip Goodhart Mr Philip Goodhart , Beckenham

While welcoming this small increase that is being made this year, is the Minister aware that this is still totally inadequate compared with the need of that particular country? If the administrative difficulties that face our medical team out there can be cleared up, will he press ahead for plans for a teacher-training college in view of the great need for teachers, as so many have been murdered by the Viet Cong?

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

Funds available for overseas aid next year will necessarily be limited, and South Vietnam has not been a traditional recipient of our aid. We are anxious to concentrate the amount that we do provide on such projects as the children's hospital at Saigon. I assure the hon. Gentleman that the difficulties to which he referred are being cleared up. Indeed, I saw a letter only this morning from Dr. Evans in which he strikes a much happier note.