§ MR. LABOUCHERE (Northampton)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what number of miles of the Uganda Railway were completed on 31st March, 1899; what amount of miles remained to be completed at that date; what number of miles have been completed since that date; and what amount of the sums voted for making this railway remains in hand at present; and whether, in estimating this amount, all unpaid liabilities are included.
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (MR. BRODRICK,) Surrey, Guildford
On 31st March, 1899, 279 miles of the Uganda Railway had been completed, leaving 303 miles to finish the railway. Since that date 83 miles have been completed and the remaining 220 miles are under construction. All the locomotive and constructional plant, and nearly the whole of the permanent way materials necessary to complete the railway have been obtained, and it is estimated that the £3,000,000 originally voted by Parliament has now been spent. A Bill to make further provision to complete the work will be introduced at once, and a Memorandum explanatory of the excess and of the causes which have led to it will be attached to it.