HC Deb 01 August 1944 vol 402 cc1203-4W
Mr. Harvey

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he will issue a statement giving a summary of the plans for post-war development in the three South African Protectorates under the supervision of the High Commissioner.

Mr. Emrys-Evans

Comprehensive plans for the post-war development of Basutoland have recently been submitted by the High Commissioner and are now under consideration. They include the provision of five new hospitals, extensions to existing hospitals, and the provision of 72 health centres throughout the territory; the general development of African and European education, which will entail the building of new schools and the recruitment of more teachers, the establishment of a social welfare Department; an extensive housing and public works programme including the construction of new roads and bridges; and the establishment of secondary industries. Some of these plans will be put into effect immediately, while others will await the post-war period.

Similar plans are being made for the development of the Bechuanaland Protectorate, with especial reference to education, medical services and the improvement of agriculture. In Swaziland, in addition to the recent purchase of land for native settlement, plans are in preparation for education, medical services, agricultural development and the continuance of the existing geological survey. It is expected that assistance under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act, 1940, will be forthcoming.