HC Deb 02 April 1919 vol 114 cc1175-6
21. Captain ORMSBY-GORE

asked the Minister of Labour whether steps are being taken by his Department to facilitate the scheme for forming a colony of ex-Service men desirous of developing the flax-growing industry in British East Africa put forward on behalf of the Empire Flax-growing Committee by Lieutenant-Colonel Hughes-Ridge; and whether he is aware that land for the purpose of this colony has already been ear-marked by the governor of East Africa, and that a number of ex-Service men are anxious to take part in the formation of this colony and are anxiously awaiting the decision of the outstanding points in connection with it by the Ministry of Labour?


As regards the first half of this question, this scheme is under consideration. It involves the grant of a considerable sum of money by the State, and expert advice is being obtained on the possibilities of success: The answer to the second part of the question is in the affirmative.