§ Colonel Ponsonby
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has now received the views of the Government of Cyprus on the electricity supply scheme for that country; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Mr. Creech Jones
Yes. The first stage of an Electricity Grid Scheme, comprising the installation of a power station and a part of the distribution system, has now been approved subject to the completion of arrangements for financing these works which are still under consideration with the Cyprus Government. Orders for certain plant required have already been placed, and the Cyprus Government intend shortly to appoint an electrical expert to take charge of the technical side of the scheme on the spot. Arrangements are also being made to appoint Civil Consulting Engineers to prepare the design of the power station. The full scheme will naturally take a number of years to complete.