HC Deb 28 November 1951 vol 494 c1506
31. Mr. C. J. M. Alport

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to the effects on the efficiency of Makarere College of the recent explosion in the college laboratories; and whether he intends to make any grant towards the replacement of the equipment.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Until a survey now in progress has been completed the full effect of the explosion cannot be assessed nor can decisions be reached about the extent of replacement required. The matter is being urgently examined, and I will write to my hon. Friend when the survey is completed.

Mr. Alport

In view of the importance of developing higher technical education in East Africa, will my right hon. Friend undertake that any requests for a grant will be considered very sympathetically by the Colonial Office?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I think we had better wait and see if any request is made. I can assure my hon. Friend that the importance of this College and the work that it is doing is fully appreciated.