HC Deb 29 October 1952 vol 505 cc210-1W
50. Mr. Hurd

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is satisfied, after another season's operations at the Kongwa, Urambo and Nachingwea centres of the East African groundnut scheme that the large-scale experimental development proposed in Command Paper No. 8125, January, 1951, is practicable; and if the policy and financial provisions then decided for the scheme have been adopted by Her Majesty's Government.

Mr. J. Foster

Neither the Board and Chairman of the Corporation nor my right hon. Friend are satisfied with the scheme as laid down. The experimental data which it was the object of that scheme to provide can certainly be obtained, but the Board consider that there are fundamental agricultural problems in Urambo and Nachingwea which should be worked out on a lesser scale.

The Board are considering revised plans for this purpose which will keep the cost within the balance remaining of the £6 million. These should be available by December and my right hon. Friend will then make a further statement.