HC Deb 09 March 1949 vol 462 c1180
36. Mr. Dumpleton

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what special assistance is contemplated for Nyasaland in view of the serious drought which the country has suffered.

Mr. Creech Jones

The Protectorate's immediate requirements for grain have been met and the Governor has informed me that no further action in regard to the importation of maize is required for the present. Some Colonial Governments have offered temporary assistance with staff, but I understand that at present this is unnecessary.

Mr. Niall Macpherson

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware of the great need for irrigation in this Protectorate, and would it not be as well to spare for that purpose some of the money at present being squandered in Tanganyika?

Mr. Creech Jones

That is a different question, but the problem of irrigation is one important item in the development programme for the next 10 years.