HC Deb 22 January 1937 vol 319 cc491-2W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, seeing that in the West African colonies the spread of desert conditions along the southern edge of the Sahara is rapidly destroying the means of supporting a population that is increasing due to migration of native population from the areas made desolate by their own activities, he will say what action it is proposed to take to deal with this situation?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

Arrangements have recently been completed for an Anglo-French Commission to make a tour of the desiccated areas on both sides of the northern frontier of Nigeria, with a view to investigating the problem of desiccation at first hand and suggesting any practicable remedial measures. The recommendations of the Commission will be brought to the notice of other West African Governments which are interested.