HC Deb 08 March 1927 vol 203 cc1040-1
64. Colonel WEDGWOOD

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the anxiety and dissatisfaction created amongst the Kikuyu, owing to the recent decision of the Supreme Court that natives are tenants at will of the Crown, has been brought to his notice; and what steps it is proposed to take to reassure the Kikuyu upon the matter?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Amery)

I am aware that anxiety has been expressed, but I have little doubt that when the nature of the Trust which it is proposed to set up in connection with native lands in Kenya has been determined and defined, any feeling of uncertainty will be removed.

Brigadier-General Sir HENRY CROFT

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that no anxiety or dissatisfaction seems to have been expressed by those who employ them?


No, I am not aware of any disaffection, only of a certain anxiety as to the future of their lands which will no doubt be dispelled when the terms of the Trust are published.


Can we be sure that this new Trust will be set up this year and will be one of the first subjects to be discussed with the Governor?


It will certainly be one of the first subjects to be discussed with the Governor.

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