§ 33. Mr. Sorensen
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what plans are being considered by the Federated Territories of the Aden Protectorate for agricultural expansion and the extension of educational and medical services; what further financial and other assistance to that end has been offered by Her Majesty's Government; what other protectorate areas are now in process of considering joining the Federation; and which have positively refused further to consider the matter.
§ Mr J. Amery
The Federation's first task must be to establish the basic services and consolidate what already exists on a federal basis. Meanwhile, development plans are being prepared for the whole of the Protectorate, but I am not yet in a position to give details. About £1½million of Colonial Development and Welfare funds is available for the Protectorate for the current period. I am not aware what States are at present considering joining the Federation; nor do I know of any which has decided not to consider the matter.
§ Mr. Sorensen
Does the hon. Gentleman appreciate that whatever may be the value of political federation in this area will be largely lost unless there is corresponding economic development, which is urgently needed? May we have an assurance that funds will be available to enable this desirable economic, agricultural and educational development to take place?