Government Railways (Air and Road Transport)

Oral Answers to Questions — African Colonies – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th October 1944.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East 12:00 am, 11th October 1944

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the various Government railways in the African Colonies are co-operating financially and otherwise with local airway developments and with road transport and bus companies as is now being done elsewhere; and if not, will he urge them to do so as soon as possible to avoid future complications.

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

None of the Government railways in the African territories for which the Colonial Office is responsible, at present participate financially in local airway development, although some Government railways operate road transport service. I entirely agree with my hon. and gallant Friend that the closest co-ordination of all transport activities is desirable. I know that the Colonial Governments share that view, but I will again bring the point to their attention.