asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress is being made with the international plan to co-ordinate African transport south of the Sahara.
I take it that the Question refers to the recommendations on transport in Central and Southern Africa made at the Conference held at Johannesburg in November last. Since my reply of 6th December to a Question asked by the hon. Member for Banbury (Mr. Dodds-Parker), further international discussions have shown that it is not possible at the present time to secure agreement to the establishment of a Standing Transport Organisation for Central and Southern Africa. It has been proposed, however, to maintain a small secretariat to prepare the way for a further conference to be held in about two years' time.