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These acts were not, however, without their importance. Although they failed entirely to meet the needs of the colonies as the Colonial Office said they would, they were, especially the act of 1924, interestingly distinct from the traditional ad hoc proposals for colonial development. Instead of being tailored to the known existing needs of specific territories such as the Uganda Development Loan of 1920, the Trade Facilities Acts were general development schemes available to all territories with suitable projects. As we shall see, the general nature of the schemes and the arrangements for their administration were important precedents for the Colonial Development Act of 1929.