HC Deb 10 April 1907 vol 172 c200

To ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, what are the approximate numbers of the white and coloured populations in and about Nairobi; what force of white police is now available for the preservation of order in the district; and whether the Secretary of State is satisfied that the force is sufficient for all purposes.

(Answered by Mr. Churchill.) The population of Nairobi municipality is approximately as follows:—

Europeans 350
Eurasians 94
Goanese 295
Indians 1,752
Africans 2,246

but the Secretary of State has no information regarding the numbers in the surrounding districts. Provision for a white police force of twenty non-commissioned officers and men has been made in the Estimates for the current financial year, and the acting Commissioner was authorised by telegram on the 18th of March to raise this force at once. The Commissioner of the Protectorate, who is on leave in this country, has now recommended that the force should be increased to forty non-commissioned officers and men, and the Secretary of State has no doubt that this force will be sufficient to maintain order.