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Jamaica (Water Storage)

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 11 May 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what was the cost of building the storage tank at Mount Moreland, Jamaica; to what extent the costs and funds have been met from the Colonial Welfare and Development Funds; and why the tank does not hold water.

The whole cost, totalling £2,795, was met from Colonial Development and Welfare Funds. The Jamaica Public Works Department is not satisfied that there is excessive loss of water. Further tests will be undertaken after the next flood rains.

Is it not a fact that this tank never held any water at all? Would the right hon. Gentleman like me to send him some photographs, showing that the tank is split from end to end?

This is a matter which is within the competence of the Jamaica Government, but I shall be happy to see the photographs.

Will not the right hon. Gentleman agree that there is great similarity between his reply and the tank?