HC Deb 27 June 1957 vol 572 cc403-4
34. Mr. E. L. Mallalieu

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what are the results of the investigation of the hydro-electrical potential of the Niger River and of the Cameroon Mountains undertaken by the Nigerian Government.

Mr. Profumo

I have asked the Acting Governor-General of the Federation of Nigeria for this information and will write later to the hon. and learned Member.

Mr. Mallalieu

Since it is nearly a year from the time of the publication by Her Majesty's Stationery Office of the pamphlet "Economic Development within the Commonwealth," in which it was stated that these matters were then being pursued actively, can the hon. Member assure us that the very utmost despatch will be used in seeing that this is done, because the need for power in Nigeria is apparent?

Mr. Profumo

I fully accept what the hon. and learned Member says. At the same time, I ought to make it plain that these are immensely complicated matters which of necessity must take a great deal of time to do properly.