Cotton Production.

Oral Answers to Questions — Sudan. – in the House of Commons on 25th February 1924.

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Photo of Mr John Harris Mr John Harris , Hackney South


asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to a Report issued, more than a year ago, by M. Dupuis, of the Irrigation Department in Egypt, in which attention is drawn to the vital importance of securing the safety of the waters of the White Nile for the purpose of Sudanese cotton production; whether the British Government has been negotiating with the Abyssinian Government for certain concessions on behalf of British interests for the control of the waters of Lake Tana where the White Nile rises; and if he is able to state what are the results of these negotiations?

Photo of Mr Ramsay Macdonald Mr Ramsay Macdonald , Aberavon

The answer to the first and second parts of the question is in the affirmative; the answer to the last part is in the negative. I assume that by a slip the hon. Member refers to the Blue and not the White Nile.