HC Deb 23 November 1938 vol 341 cc1742-3
33. Mr. Parker

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why, when creating a passenger transport monopoly to increase safety on certain omnibus routes in Uganda, an exclusive licence was given to the alien Overseas Motor Transport Company, Limited, to the detriment of Baganda omnibus owners, creating a public service Baganda Government?

Mr. M. MacDonald

The object of creating the monoply in Uganda was to ensure a safe and satisfactory passenger transport service for the general public. Tenders to operate the monopoly were invited over a period of two months; and I am satisfied that, in awarding the contract finally to the British Overseas Motor Transport Company, the Protectorate Government took the course best calculated to serve the public interest.

Mr. McEntee

Was it the lowest tender?

Mr. MacDonald

It was the best, having regard to all the circumstances, but I am not certain that it was the lowest as regards the amount.

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