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Nile Waters (Distribution)

Volume 436: debated on Monday 28 April 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what political machinery exists or is employed to secure equitable distribution of the waters of the Nile amongst the countries directly affected, the Sudan, Egypt, Uganda, Belgian Congo and Ethiopa, in view of the many engineering projects afoot for extending the use of these waters.

There is no special political machinery in existence for the distribution of the waters of the Nile. In the past, this distribution has been covered by specific agreement between the States concerned.

Can my hon. Friend say whether a proposal to set up a Nile authority to deal with the matter will be considered?

If the normal machinery of inter-Governmental relations is not sufficient in future we shall be very willing to consider that.