HC Deb 07 May 1924 vol 173 c429
51. Mr. HUDSON

asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been drawn to Italian activities on the Gash river which might result in depriving Kassala of water required for irrigation purposes; and whether he has any statement to make?


Though the official reply of the Italian Government has not yet been received, I have been assured that the Italian Government accept in principle the British suggestion that the control and utilisation of the river should form the subject of an agreement. I am informed that the Italian Government have in mind that the Governor of Eritrea and the Governor-General of the Sudan, accompanied by their experts, should arrange to meet together to consider the problem, and should either effect a solution themselves with expert advice or should delegate a committee of experts to propose a solution. His Majesty's Government are consulting the Sudan Government in regard to these proposals, which they are disposed to welcome.