HC Deb 14 December 1955 vol 547 cc1183-4
8. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement, up to the latest convenient date, on the extent and nature of the works under the Volta Scheme, executed and to be executed, in the Gold Coast; what is the amount of money already spent; and what is the amount still available for the completion of the work yet to be undertaken or executed.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I would refer the hon. and learned Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Rugby (Mr. J. Johnson) of 16th November. The Gold Coast Government have started work on a number of associated projects, including the port of Tema, and others mentioned in Cmd. 8702, which are in any event required to meet the general needs of the territory. I am asking the Governor for details of these works and will write to the hon. and learned Member when I receive his reply.

Mr. Hughes

I am much obliged to the right hon. Gentleman for that answer. Is it not a fact that negotiations were on foot and perhaps are on foot to expedite this work and complete it at a date earlier than the right hon. Gentleman contemplated?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

This is an immensely expensive task, and nothing could be worse than starting it without proper preparation.