Grenada

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th February 1974.

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Photo of Lord  Balniel Lord Balniel , Hertford 12:00 am, 5th February 1974

It is correct that during the past fortnight and for a longer period there has been some disturbance and some violence which, regrettably, has caused the loss of life of three persons. The situation still is to some extent tense and the strike remains in being. We have had no reports over the past eight days or so of any further violence so there has been an improvement in the situation. Reports of our debates and the expressions of view which were expressed here and in another place have been made available to the Grenada Government. I hope that they will take careful note of the expressions of view today of the right hon. Gentleman and myself.

As in the case of other Associated States, the British Government informed the Grenada Government last year of the levels of aid which they could expect for the next three years. That is normal practice, as it assists planning development. They were told that the Government planned to give aid amounting to £2·25 million over the next three years. Grenada has recently suffered a crisis of liquidity and the Grenada Government have asked for financial assistance. The British Government have allowed them to draw a limited amount on the promised loan.