HC Deb 05 December 1945 vol 416 cc2305-6
18. Squadron-Leader Donner

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the terms of reference of the committee of experts on electrical development in East Africa include the examination of projects for development of electrical power in combination with irrigation, where possible.

Mr. George Hall

The immediate purpose of the inquiry is to investigate the potential demands for electric power and the resources, including water power, for its production. The possibility of combining the development of hydro-electric power with that of irrigation in suitable cases will not, of course, be overlooked.

Squadron-Leader Donner

Would it not be wise to insert such a provision in the terms of reference?

Mr. Hall

It will not be overlooked. The purpose of the inquiry is as I suggested.