HC Deb 21 March 1927 vol 204 c13
20. Mr. SNELL

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that in Kenya all European persons over 18 years of age are subject to an annual education tax of 30s.; and whether, in view of the fact that the tax is a great burden upon young people and upon persons with small incomes, any steps can be taken to substitute a graduated tax to correspond with the income of the taxpayer?


I am aware of the legislation referred to, but the substitution of a graduated tax is not contemplated, as it is the intention of the Government that the powers of total or partial le-mission should be exercised generously in favour of the poorer members of the European community in appropriate cases. I am not prepared to admit that, apart from these exceptional cases, an annual payment of thirty shillings can involve any hardship to European residents in Kenya.