HC Deb 14 June 1939 vol 348 cc1322-3W
Mr. Ammon

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will state the reason for the delay in adopting the reclamation scheme at Bathurst, recommended by Sir Arthur Richards when Governor of Gambia, for the prevention of large numbers of African people being flooded out of their homes during the rainy season?

Sir T. Inskip

The serious deterioration in the financial situation of the Gambia owing to the fall in price of its principal export crop has made it necessary to employ funds, provisionally earmarked for the reclamation scheme, to meet budgetary deficits. The original proposals for financing the scheme will have to be reviewed and a despatch just received from the Governor on this matter inter alia is now under consideration.

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