HC Deb 08 April 1957 vol 568 cc795-6
4. Mr. Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will take the earliest opportunity to propose a conference of Governments interested in the use of the Nile waters in view of the resolution adopted by the Tanganyika Legislative Council regarding adequate supplies from Lake Victoria and the need of the Sudan Government for further water to extend the Gezira scheme.

Mr. Ian Harvey

I have nothing to add to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member on 11th February.

Mr. Brockway

Is it not the case that on the previous occasion he said that the moment was not appropriate? Does not that arise from the break with Egypt? Will he speed some agreement with Egypt so that the development in the Sudan, Uganda and Tanganyika is no longer held up?

Mr. Harvey

Our East African territories have a very clear interest in this matter. I do not think it would be inappropriate if the initiative came from one of them.

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