HC Deb 01 April 1958 vol 585 cc109-10W
Mr. Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if, in view of the deteriorating situation in British Somaliland, he will now expedite constitutional changes, economic assistance, and the expansion of educational and health services.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The Governor and his officers are pressing on expeditiously with constitutional, economic, educational and medical development projects. I would refer the hon. Member to the replies given to the hon. Member for Rugby (Mr. J. Johnson) on 29th May, 1957, and to the hon. Member for Bristol, South-East (Mr. Benn) on 28th June, 1957, and on 2nd July, 1957. Since those replies were given, much has been accomplished.

For example, work on the Berbera Port Improvement Scheme has made considerable progress; a major scheme for dealing with the problem of tuberculosis in the Protectorate has been approved; work on the designing of the new secondary school at Sheikh has been started; work has begun on a large-scale scheme for rural water supplies; and a new intermediate boarding school at Dayala is almost complete; a Commission has been appointed by the Governor to examine the methods by which unofficial membership of the Legislative Council can be made more representative.

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