HC Deb 07 December 1977 vol 940 cc713-4W
Miss Richardson

asked the Minister of Overseas Development in what way Her Majesty's Government are proposing to support the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund special projects in Vietnam and Laos.

Mrs. Hart

UNICEF has undertaken to continue during 1977 its special programmes of assistance for reconstruction and rehabilitation in Vietnam and Laos. In Vietnam the programme includes water supply, sanitation, primary education, family welfare, health and nutrition services. In Laos the programme is for the construction and equiping of primary schools.

Her Majesty's Government are about to pledge a contribution of £500,000 for Vietnam and £45,000 for Laos. Parliamentary approval to these new services will be sought in a Supplementary Estimate for the Overseas Aid Vote. Pending that approval the necessary expenditure will be met by repayable advances from the Contingencies Fund.