HC Deb 14 December 1925 vol 189 cc943-4

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in order to facilitate the development of Kenya Colony and in view of the proposed loan to that colony, he will consider establishing a special Department to furnish full particulars and information regarding its natural resources and possibilities as well as such other information, useful and necessary, to these who may be or may desire to be financially interested?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Ormsby-Gore)

A trade and information office, not, for Kenya only, but for the East. African Dependencies generally, is about to be opened at 32, Cockspur Street. The East African Dependencies are fortunate in having been able to secure for the control of this office the services of Colonel Franklin, who will combine with his new duties these of his present position of His Majesty's Trade Commissioner in East Africa, and will divide his time between the two offices. I should perhaps make it clear that the proposed loan for further railway development is not for Kenya only, but for the live East African territories as a whole.


Will the expenses of this new office be borne by the colony concerned?


.: Yes, Sir.


May I ask whether, in connection with this office, it is proposed to have any exhibits of the products of Kenya Colony?


It is proposed to have such an exhibit of the products, not only of Kenya, but. of the other territories. We have obtained a ground-floor window and a third-floor office.

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