HC Deb 19 July 1929 vol 230 cc791-2W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the estimate of the Government of the cost of the steel required for the Zambesi bridge; and whether such steel will be purchased in this country?


The total cost of the Zambesi Bridge and its associated undertakings, that is, the approaches, improvement and extension of the railway line, new port, Lake steamer and additional rolling stock, is estimated as £2,383,255. While it is impossible at present to give an estimate of the cost of the steel necessary, the expenditure in this country on material and freight will be approximately £1,000,000. The answer to the last part of the question is in the affirmative.