HC Deb 07 December 1938 vol 342 c1174
66. Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether a grant and, if so, to what amount, was awarded to the Government of Cyprus from the Colonial Development Fund in response to its recent request for assistance for a scheme of improved water supply; and whether he is satisfied that real progress has been and is being made with a supply of pure and adequate water?

Mr. M. MacDonald

As I stated in reply to a question by the hon. Member for Linlithgow (Mr. Mathers) on 2nd November, a number of schemes for improving water supplies are at present being worked out in detail by the Cyprus Government. This preparatory work is being expedited, but until it has been completed no application can be submitted to the Colonial Development Advisory Committee. I can assure the hon. Member that there will be as little delay as possible in dealing with this important matter.

Mr. MacMillan

Will the right hon. Gentleman follow that good example in Cyprus by asking the Government to do the same thing for Ross and Cromarty and the Western Isles?