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Kariba Dam

Volume 722: debated on Tuesday 21 December 1965

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asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations (1) if he will state the proportions of British money and of World Bank money, respectively, which were contributed to the building of the Kariba Dam; how much money is still due and owing to each of them, respectively, and by whom; what is the nature of the securities which each of them holds for the repayment of that money; and, in the meantime, what is the nature of their protection of the Kariba Dam as an asset;(2) in which nations the title in the Kariba Dam is vested; upon what terms they enjoy that title; and what steps Great Britain is taking to maintain the protection of the Kariba Dam.

On the detailed legal and financial aspects, I will arrange for a reply to be circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT. A mission from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development is visiting Rhodesia and Zambia at present for discussions with the Central African Power Corporation and other authorities concerned about the safeguarding in the present situation of the installations and operations of the Corporation based on Kariba.