§ Sir W. de FRECE
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the amounts of the original estimates of costs and times for completion of the various sections of the Accra-Kumasi Railway; and the actual final costs and times occupied in the completion of each separately constructed section?
§ Mr. ORMSBY-GORE
The estimate for the cost of the Accra-Mangoase section which was executed by contract was 63W £165,614, and the estimated time two years. The actual cost of this section was £353,000, and the time 3¼ years. The remaining sections were constructed departmentally. The Mangoase-Koforidua section was estimated to cost £130,000, and the actual cost, was £102,164. No estimate of the time of construction was made, but the actual time was about 10 months. The Koforidua-Tafo extension, which was completed in the war, viz., on 1st January, 1917, cost £115,593, but owing to the war conditions no previous estimate was made. The remaining section to Kumasi constructed after the War at a time of great oscillation of prices was estimated to cost £1,668,000, and actually cost £2,142,000, and the time occupied was 3½ years.