HC Deb 11 February 1948 vol 447 cc74-5W
75. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies which of the ten-year development plans for African Colonies have so far been approved; how much of the necessary finance is being drawn from the Colonial Development and Welfare Fund; how much from local sources; and how far Africans in the different territories are being associated with this work.

Mr. Rees-Williams

Ten-year development programmes for all the African Territories have been approved, except that for the Gold Coast, which has been referred back to the Governor for further consideration.

Of the £131,284,000 required to finance the plans already approved, £43,400,000 is to be drawn from the territorial allocations under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act, and the remainder from loans and local sources. These figures, the details of which, territory by territory, are given in the following table, do not take account of the regional allocations of £3,500,000 and £1,000,000 respectively to East and Central Africa or of the central allocations from the Colonial Development and Welfare Fund on which each Territory is also drawing:

African opinion has been and is being associated with the preparation and implementation of the programmes through the Legislative Councils and the Central and Area Development Authorities and Committees in the various territories.