High Commission Territories

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Commonwealth Relations – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th May 1957.

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Photo of Mr Cuthbert Alport Mr Cuthbert Alport , Colchester 12:00 am, 9th May 1957

I am not responsible for the Colonial Development Corporation in this particular matter. I am quite certain that, if the Colonial Development Corporation found projects which would interest it in Basutoland, it would be the first to take advantage of investment in that territory. So far as my Department is concerned, we should welcome interest of this sort. As a matter of fact, the Colonial Development Corporation is considering a project for the Oxbow Lake Scheme, at an estimated cost of about £9 million, which is connected with the provision of power for that area and elsewhere in neighbouring areas. But we have no knowledge of the occurrence of uranium and thorium in Basutoland. If such discoveries are made, it would, of course, be invaluable because it would make a great deal of difference to the economic position of the Protectorate.