§ 42. Mr. BOYCE
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies the number of contracts which have been let in respect of the approaches to the projected Lower Zambesi Bridge; the value of the contracts so let; the nationalities of the contractors to whom they have been let; the number of Europeans employed on the construction of these approaches; and what proportion of these persons are of British nationality?
§ Dr. SHIELS
The main approach is to be constructed by the Cleveland Bridge arid Engineering Company, a British firm, at a cost of £355,348, which is included in the total figure of £1,434,337 already communicated to the House. Certain preliminary work on these approaches has already been done by the companies concerned, who have made local contracts for parts of the construction. I have not the particulars desired of these small local contracts, but will obtain them if the hon. Member wishes.
§ Captain CAZALET
Can the hon. Gentleman say what is the total amount of the contracts that will come to this country?
§ Mr. SMITHERS
Has any date been fixed for the completion of this work; and, if not, can the hon. Gentleman say approximately when the work will be finished?
§ Mr. SHEPHERD
Can we have some idea as to what will be the effect in this country as regards employment?