HC Deb 26 February 1947 vol 433 c2063
39. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what assistance is to be given to the Governments of Northern Rhodesia, Tanganyika, Kenya and Uganda in constructing the proposed trunk road between those territories approved at the recent East African Governors' Conference; and whether the necessary sum of £1,750,000 will be made available from the Colonial Development Fund

Mr. Creech Jones

I have been notified that the East African Governors intend to apply for assistance from funds available under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act for the purpose of improving the standard of this road. I have not yet received their detailed application. When it reaches me I shall consider it in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

In view of the urgency of the development of this road for the purposes of trade, as well as defence, will the right hon. Gentleman consider pressing on with this work this year?

Mr. Creech Jones

We are possessed with a sense of urgency