HC Deb 20 January 1959 vol 598 c9
9. Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress has been made in the building of the dam in Somaliland Protectorate that is to ensure the Hargeisa water supply.

Mr. J. Amery

I assume that the hon. Member is referring to a proposal made some years ago that a sub-surface dam should be built to improve the town's water supply. It was eventually decided that such a dam would not achieve the desired result. The proposal was accordingly abandoned and a firm of consulting engineers is at present investigating other possible means of improving the supply.

Mr. Johnson

Is the Minister aware that not only the Africans but the Somalis and even the Europeans cannot get baths when they want them? In view of the impending visit of the Minister, will the hon. Gentleman look into the matter? It would be a shame if he could not have a bath on his visit.

Mr. Amery

I have been looking at the matter, and I will certainly put it on top of the file.

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