HC Deb 13 June 1977 vol 933 c5W
Mr. Brotherton

asked the Minister of Overseas Development for what purposes public money is being made available to the Gambia Ports Authority for the provision of a floating post office to ply up and down the Gambia.

Mrs. Hart

My Ministry is contributing £1 million to the cost of a replacement for the motor vessel "Lady Wright". I regard this as a very valuable expenditure from the aid programme. The "Lady Wright" is the major communication link in the Gambia carrying passengers, freight, and also, of course, post. It is a vital element in the economy of the Gambia. The new vessel is to be built in the shipyards of Ferguson Bros. (Port Glasgow) Ltd.