Zambesi Bridge.

Oral Answers to Questions — Kenya – in the House of Commons am ar 26 Tachwedd 1930.

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Photo of Sir Harold Boyce Sir Harold Boyce , Gloucester

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies the number of contracts which have been let in respect of the approaches to the projected Lower Zambesi Bridge; the value of the contracts so let; the nationalities of the contractors to whom they have been let; the number of Europeans employed on the construction of these approaches; and what proportion of these persons are of British nationality?

Photo of Dr Thomas Shiels Dr Thomas Shiels , Edinburgh East

The main approach is to be constructed by the Cleveland Bridge arid Engineering Company, a British firm, at a cost of £355,348, which is included in the total figure of £1,434,337 already communicated to the House. Certain preliminary work on these approaches has already been done by the companies concerned, who have made local contracts for parts of the construction. I have not the particulars desired of these small local contracts, but will obtain them if the hon. Member wishes.

Photo of Colonel Victor Cazalet Colonel Victor Cazalet , Chippenham

Can the hon. Gentleman say what is the total amount of the contracts that will come to this country?

Photo of Dr Thomas Shiels Dr Thomas Shiels , Edinburgh East

I gave that a few days ago; I am sorry I have not the figures with me now.

Photo of Sir Harold Boyce Sir Harold Boyce , Gloucester

As the hon. Gentleman has been good enough to say that he will obtain particulars, will he please do so?

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

Has any date been fixed for the completion of this work; and, if not, can the hon. Gentleman say approximately when the work will be finished?

Photo of Dr Thomas Shiels Dr Thomas Shiels , Edinburgh East

No, Sir; I should require notice of that question.

Photo of Mr Arthur Shepherd Mr Arthur Shepherd , Darlington

Can we have some idea as to what will be the effect in this country as regards employment?

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

That is a different question.