§ 26. Mr. DAY
asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether a 383 report has now been received from the engineers and surveyors who were carrying out the investigations with regard to the construction of the Zambesi bridge, and whether any decision has been arrived at with regard thereto; and has his Department any information as to the monthly wages paid to Portuguese labourers working in the coalfields in this district?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Dr. Drummond Shiels)
The reply to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. I have no information as to the rates of wages at the Portuguese coalfields, which are about 130 miles from the bridge site.
§ 28. Mr. D. G. SOMERVILLE
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the contract for the Zambesi bridge has yet been placed; and if so, whether there have been any further developments with regard to the construction of this bridge?
§ Dr. SHIELS
The answer is in the negative. I regret that the work of preparing the necessary documents has proved heavier than was anticipated, and that the contract cannot be placed till next month.
§ Mr. SOMERVILLE
Have tenders been actually invited for the carrying out of this work, or have they still to be issued?
§ Dr. SHIELS
They are being issued. It has taken longer to prepare the draft estimate and schedules than was anticipated.
§ Mr. LAMBERT
May I press for an answer to my question as to who is going to pay for this bridge? Is it to be the British taxpayer?