HC Deb 18 February 1927 vol 202 cc1269-70W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any official or unofficial conference is being hold or is about to be held at the Colonial Office on the subject of the control or working of Mombasa harbour; and whether it is proposed that the shore-handling at the deep-water piers should be performed by direct labour under the railways or put out to contract?


No conference is being held at present, but the matter will be discussed with the Governor during his forthcoming visit to this country. I have no information to show whether the local authorities have yet come to any definite conclusions in regard to the method of handling the shore work. Minister in his answer to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for the Fairfield Division, on the 19th November, 1925, and subsequent experience has disclosed no grounds which would justify me in recommending that that decision should be reconsidered. With regard, however, to cases of War wounds, I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for the Elland Division (Mr. Robinson), on the 10th instant. I am sending copies of both answers to the hon. Member.