HC Deb 08 July 1965 vol 715 c309W
75. Mr. Freeson

asked the Minister of Overseas Development whether Her Majesty's Government will seek to hold consultations to make plans to set up a Zambia-Tanzania railway consortium, and with the participation of the People's Republic of China and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United States of America and other Commonwealth and Western Governments, preferably under the auspices of an appropriate United Nations agency.

Mrs. Castle

This is primarily a matter for the East African Governments and the Government of Zambia. The British Government's view is that until a survey has been made to confirm the feasibility and establish the cost of the proposed rail link, the question of forming a consortium to finance the project does not arise. The British Government have offered to underwrite half the cost of such a survey if carried out by a British firm.