HC Deb 11 April 1907 vol 172 cc358-9

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any stops are being taken to promote white settlements on the upland districts of British East Africa; and whether it is the intention of the Administration to bring Indian settlers to these districts, which are suitable for European colonisation.


No special steps are being taken to induce persons to leave this country in order to settle in the East Africa Protectorate; but the Government is incurring considerable expenditure on the Survey, Veterinary and Agricultural Departments, and in other ways, in order to assist those who have actually settled there. I am not by any means in a position to say that British Indian subjects will be altogether excluded from these districts.

SIR J. RANDLES (Cumberland, Cockermouth)

Is there any probability of the Report referred to in the Question being speedily brought before the House?


I did not refer to a Report. I said the Government were incurring considerable expenditure in developing these particular Departments.