HC Deb 08 July 1953 vol 517 cc1235-6
35. Mr. Baldwin

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what consideration has been given to raising the necessary capital for the construction of the Kafue Dam in Northern Rhodesia.

Mr. Lyttelton

Considerable capital will certainly be required for hydroelectric development in Central Africa and consideration is being given to the best way of raising it. But no action can be taken until agreement has been reached in Central Africa on priorities as between the possible projects, of which the Kafue scheme is one.

Mr. Baldwin

Would my right hon. Friend consider utilising some of the funds of the Colonial Development Corporation for the development of these schemes, which would be more useful to the territories than some of the primary produce schemes which are losing money?

Mr. Lyttelton

As soon as the priorities have been settled, the question of finance will come up, and the suggestion of my hon. Friend will certainly not be disregarded.