HC Deb 28 March 1945 vol 409 cc1401-2W
Mr. Creech Jones

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what schemes of development and welfare have been adopted in Nigeria during the past 12 months; what schemes are in contemplation; what grants have become available or are being made available under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act; and whether Parliament can be furnished with periodical statements indicating what progress is being made in British territories overseas.

Colonel Stanley

With regard to the first part of the Question a list is appended of the schemes made on behalf of Nigeria under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act during the year 1944–45. These schemes form part of a general plan which is being prepared by the Nigerian Government to cover all aspects of social and economic development. The plan is expected to involve a total expenditure of up to £40,000,000 over a period of II years. Part of the cost will be met from Nigeria's own resources, but it is hoped to obtain further substantial aid under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act. Applications for such further assistance will be submitted as and when other Departmental schemes are completed. Full information regarding the outline plan and the progress made to date will be found in Nigeria Sessional Paper No. 6 of 1945, entitled "Preliminary Statement on Development Planning in Nigeria," a copy of which has been placed in the Library.

Annual statements of schemes made under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act are made to Parliament under Section I (iv) of the Act, and the next return will be issued as soon as possible after the end of this financial year. The question of arranging for the earlier communication to Parliament of particulars of schemes made is at present under consideration.

Schemes made on behalf of Nigeria under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act during the year 1944–45.
Development £
Hausa newspaper and literature bureau 90,000
Leprosy control 258,000
Veterinary Training School (Supplementary Grant) 43,900
Road development 1,810,000
Rural water supplies 1,889,000
Urban water supplies 602,500
Village and urban industries 12,000
Extension of telecommunications 230,000
Health Service (preliminary scheme) 40,000
Anti-malarial measures, Lagos 162,000
Electrical and hydro-electrical development 370,000
Building programme 681,500
Development of technical education 401,000
Development officers 400,000
Development Total for 1944–45 £6,989,900