HC Deb 16 October 1941 vol 374 cc1507-8W
Major Procter

asked the Secretary of State for Burma whether he can make a statement as to what progress has been made in the building of works in Burma intended to carry the railway line to the frontier there to join up with the railway which the Chinese are constructing to Yunnan?

Mr. Amery

The heavy rains which last from June to October render the area through which the Burmese section of the railway will run too unhealthy for the maintenance of any considerable labour force. Extensive field work was therefore not possible until the beginning of October, but a commencement was made and it was expected that full outdoor staff consisting of five survey parties would be complete by the end of September and ready to take the field as soon as the rains ceased.