HC Deb 07 July 1910 vol 18 cc1919-20W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if the Government of Egypt is taking any steps to develop the Soudan as a field for the supply of cotton?


Sir Eldon Gorst states on page 65 of his Annual Report on Egypt and the Soudan, which has been presented to Parliament (Egypt, No. 1, 1910), that the Egyptian Irrigation Department have decided to double the allowance of "summer" water available for the Soudan, as soon as the raising of the Assouan dam is completed. This will improve the possibilities of the Soudan as a cotton producing country. The British Cotton Growing Association are interesting themselves in the Soudan from this point of view, and are being supplied with all available information on the subject. Sir Eldon Gorst points out that the development of cotton cultivation is a matter of money, and that the requisite funds must be found by private enterprise.