§ 13. Mr. PONSONBY
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has given his sanction to the Kenya Defence Bill; and whether this Bill provides for the compulsory enlistment of Europeans between the ages of 16 and 60?
§ 27. Mr. RENNIE SMITH
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Kenya Defence Bill, shortly to be introduced into the Kenya Legislature, involves the compulsory enlistment of Europeans; and what is the position of natives under this proposed legislation?
§ Mr. AMERY
I have approved of the Bill being re-submitted to the Legislative Council subject to certain Amendments. If it becomes law, all male European residents between the ages named will, unless exempted on account of ill-health or occupation or otherwise, be enrolled as members of the local defence force. This does not necessarily mean that every such man will be called up for training or service. Natives are not affected by the Bill.