Would my right hon. Friend agree that if independence is to have any meaning in this critical area, it is most important that a substantial programme of aid should continue after independence?
I could not answer the last part of the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question without notice, but we are certainly aware of the importance of irrigation schemes and the digging of wells in Bechuanaland. We have done what we could to help, and other organisations and agencies have also given help.
Will my right hon. Friend tell us what he is doing about the development of the Ox-Bow River irrigation power scheme, which is absolutely vital to the future sound economic base of this new State?
These are matters which will have to be decided in conjunction with the Governments of the independent State. The question of the priority attached to various schemes must be, to a large extent, a matter for the Governments themselves.