HC Deb 01 March 1921 vol 138 cc1583-4

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if any encouragement has been given to the issue by the Sudan Government of a loan for the building of the Kassala Railway, having regard to the employment which will be found in this country for the production of the necessary material; and has his attention been drawn to the opinion of a high financial authority that the Sudan Government is now capable of successfully issuing a loan without British Treasury guarantee?


The Sudan Government are most anxious to construct the Kassala Railway, but they must decide for themselves as to whether they are justified in issuing a loan for the purpose. The answer to the latter part of the question is in the affirmative, and the Sudan Government have been informed of the opinion to which the hon. Member refers.


In view of the vast importance of this question to the Sudan, can the right hon. Gentleman ask the Leader of the House whether an opportunity will be given before, or just after, Easter to discuss the whole matter, especially in view of the fact that a loan has just been issued, guaranteed by the British Government?


I will see that my Noble Friend's suggestion is conveyed to the Leader of the House.