HC Deb 28 October 1919 vol 120 cc490-1W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will state the nature of the scheme for the control of the harbours of Kilindini and Mombasa; whether he has received any criticisms on the subject; and when it is proposed that the scheme should come into force?

Lieut.-Colonel AMERY

The recommendations of the local Commission in February last contemplated the appointment of a Port Manager for the two harbours, with full control under the General Manager of the Uganda Railway. The Railway Department would have power to acquire by purchase the present lighterage and floating plant, or to sublet contracts to the present lighter companies. Cargo brought by dhows and similar craft would be worked at Mombasa, all other cargo being sent to Kilindini, except that, in exceptional circumstances, Mombasa might be used as an overflow port for Kilindini. The priority of shipping would be in the hands of the Port Manager. The other recommendations related mainly to securing the most efficient use and the improvement of the facilities existing at the ports. A criticism of the scheme was received on the ground that it interfered with the private lighterage business, and the whole question was awaiting the result of negotiation with the lighterage companies locally. The Secretary of State has received certain representations and is in telegraphic communication with the local Government on the subject.