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African Development Projects (Labour)

Volume 463: debated on Monday 28 March 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the considerable delay in commencing urgent development projects in the African Colonies, due to the lack of skilled and experienced African or British technicians, unemployed English-speaking Italians, with suitable qualifications, are being considered for short-term appointments.

Considerable numbers of skilled and experienced British artisans are, in fact, being employed in the East and Central African territories. In addition, a number of Italians available locally, as well as in the former Italian Colonies, are being employed on certain of the development projects in Africa.