HC Deb 23 June 1948 vol 452 c1333
6. Mr. Orbach

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps he proposes taking to secure delivery of the necessary machinery and materials to Malta to enable agreed water development works to be carried out.

Mr. Creech Jones

The supplying firms have all been specially approached about the urgency of these requirements. As a result, earlier delivery has been secured and shipment of the machinery and materials has now commenced.

Sir Wavell Wakefield

Is the Colonial Secretary aware that in spite of the plans announced by him to relieve the water shortage in Malta, there is still grave anxiety that the proposals will be inadequate, and could he look into it again to see what can be done to stop this real anxiety in Malta about the shortage of water?

Mr. Creech Jones

I appreciate the anxiety and I replied to a question about this problem of water last week.