Costa Rica

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th March 1982.

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Photo of Mr Frank Hooley Mr Frank Hooley , Sheffield, Heeley 12:00 am, 29th March 1982

asked the Lord Privy Seal on what projects the United Kingdom is currently assisting in Costa Rica.

Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury

The United Kingdom is currently assisting with the following projects: the Central American School for Animal Husbandry at Atenas; the National Apprentice Institute at San Jose; and the Centre for Research into Food Technology at San Jose. Expenditure for the current financial year is expected to be about £450, 000.

Photo of Mr Frank Hooley Mr Frank Hooley , Sheffield, Heeley

Is the Minister aware that Costa Rica's economy has been savagely hit by the fall in coffee prices and the rise in world oil prices and that it now has a balance of payments crisis on its hands? Will he consider helping Costa Rica to develop energy resources, particularly hydro-electric power, in order to reduce its dependence on imported oil?

Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury

Costa Rica's financial problems are largely a matter for it to negotiate with the International Monetary Fund. I shall bear the hon. Gentleman's second point in mind.