HC Deb 17 April 1946 vol 421 cc2684-5
79. Major Vernon

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies which colonies have completed their ten year economic development plans; and what expenditure is proposed from British and local funds.

Mr. Georģe Hall

As the reply contains figures and is in some detail, I will, with my hon. and gallant Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the statement:

Plans have been completed and approved for Nigeria and Zanzibar. The former proposes expenditure of £23 million from the Colonial Development and Welfare Vote, £15 million from Nigerian revenues and £17 million to be raised by loan. The Zanzibar plan includes £750,000 from the Colonial Development and Welfare Vote, £460,000 from Zanzibar revenues and £250,000 to be raised by loan. The Zanzibar plan has not yet been approved by the Legislature.

Draft ten year plans have been prepared in Cyprus, Fiji, Grenada, Jamaica and dependencies, Nyasaland, Sierra Leone, St. Lucia and St. Vincent. These plans which are not in all cases complete and cover, in some instances, a shorter period than ten years, are now being considered and revised in the Colonies concerned and the expenditure proposed from local revenues and loan has not yet been fixed. The contributions which will be available to the Colonies concerned from United Kingdom funds are set out in enclosure 2 to Command Paper 6713. In a number of other Colonies plans are in an active state of preparation.