HC Deb 29 March 1950 vol 473 c46W
79. Mr. J. Hynd

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement on the progress to date of the Uganda hydro-electric development scheme; and the prospects of the development of the various new industries that are dependent on the scheme.

Mr. Griffiths

The contract for the erection of a dam and hydro-electrical station at Jinja was placed in September, 1949, and preliminary work on the site has now begun. It is too early to give a detailed forecast of industrial development in the Jinja area, but projects for the manufacture of cotton textiles, fertilisers, paper, building materials and iron and steel are among those being considered. A cement factory has already been started at Tororo and will eventually draw its power from Jinja.