HC Deb 29 July 1927 vol 209 cc1651-2

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the strength of the Native police force in Kenya; whether it is intended to increase it; whether it is in all respects thoroughly efficient; and, if not, what is being done to make it efficient?

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

The latest report I have is for 1925. It showed that additional personnel was required, and also better housing and a better definition of the duties of the force, before it could be regarded as fully efficient. I am now awaiting despatches from the Governor showing what has been done since the report was received.

The total strength of the force on 31st December, 1925, was 2,224. The European personnel has been increased from 80 to 119, but the native ranks show a slight reduction.

Major-General Sir ALFRED KNOX

Is the hon. Member justified in using the word "native"?


I think in Africa nobody objects.

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