§ Mr. SIMPSON
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether an inquiry was conducted, and a Report submitted by Colonel Robertson, on the subject of alternative routes for the Uasin Gishu railway; what were the reasons which determined the Government to adopt the Nakuru route rather than the Mau route; and whether he will place the Report by Colonel Robertson and Reports on the subject submitted by the technical advisers of the Kenya Government on the Table in the Library for the information of the Members of this House?
I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given on the 2nd August, 1922, by the then Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, in which he stated that Colonel Robertson's recommendation of the Nakuru route was supported by the general manager of the Uganda Railway, by Colonel Hammond (the Special Commissioner sent out by Viscount Milner to examine railway questions generally in East Africa), and by the consulting engineers in this country, as well as by the Governor of Kenya, with the unanimous concurrence of his Executive Council. The railway has already been constructed in accordance with these recommendations, and I see no reason for inquiring further into the matter.