§ Mr. Cordle
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why approval has been delayed for the following projects in the Gambia, namely, the Bathurst Port Development, the Marine Dockyard Slipway, the purchase of Norwegian secondhand ferries, the completion of 29 miles of the South Bank Road, the construction of the North Bank Road, and the Nurses Training School.
§ Mr. Sandys
The Gambia's estimated budgetary deficit in 1963 is £590,000. I have advised the Gambia Government that very careful thought should be given 177W to their future development policy, with a view to improving the financial and economic position of the territory; and that therefore, some projects should be postponed pending receipt and examination of the Gambia's comprehensive development plan, which, I understand, will be ready shortly.