HC Deb 18 March 1907 vol 171 c457
MR. WEDGWOOD (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies how wide a strip of land on either side of the Uganda Railway was made State property when the railway was built; what area of this land has since been alienated by lease or sale; and whether any special or increased expropriations were made at the termini of the line.


The width of the strip in question was two miles, i.e., one mile on each side of the railway from the limit of the territory leased from the Sultan of Zanzibar to Lake Victoria. No additional land was acquired at the termini except what was required for stations, water-supply, and subsidiary works. The revenue derived from land sold or leased within the zone is now credited to the general revenue of the Protectorate, and no separate figures are available as to the area of land alienated within the zone. The latest return of grants of land in the East Africa Protectorate, which includes, but does not distinguish, those within the zone, will be found in the Command Paper, No. 2,902 of April last.