§ 7. Mr. WALTER BAKER
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what 4 measures are envisaged, under Clause 7 of the Kenya Native Land Trust Bill, to ascertain the consent of the natives concerned where such consent is required before the leasing of areas in the native reserves to Europeans; the composition of the native councils to which reference is made in the first of the proposed amendments; and how far they are representative of the native population?
§ 16. Mr. WELLOCK
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the total amount of land now in the possession of the white population of Kenya; the dates on which the principal transferences were made; the amount of land involved in each; and what proportion this forms of the total fertile land of Kenya?
§ Mr. AMERY
The areas of grants of land in Kenya registered in recent years are as follow:
These figures do not show what proportion of the grants were made to Europeans, nor do they make allowance for surrenders; but the total area alienated at the 31st December, 1926, was 6,005,774 acres. As regards land under occupation by Europeans, the total amount, according to the Kenya Agricultural Census for the year ended 31st July, 1927, was 4,737,920 acres. I am not in a position to supply the detailed information asked for in the second and third parts of the question. I cannot say what percentage of the total land area of Kenya could properly be classed as fertile, but the area alienated at the 31st December, 1926, was approximately 4 per cent. of the total land area.
Acres. 1923 … … … … 404,267 1924 … … … … 364,410 1925 … … … … 317,258 1926 … … … … 332,684
§ 17. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how much land of the native reserves now occupied by natives it is proposed to alienate or which will be available for European settlement under the Native Land Trust Bill now under discussion in Kenya Colony; and where this land is situated?
§ 18. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any correspondence has passed between his office and the Government of Kenya Colony as to the Native Land Trust Bill which that Government is understood to be introducing during this month; and, if so, whether a copy of such papers may be placed in the Library of the House?
§ Mr. AMERY
Correspondence has passed, and is still passing, between the Governor of Kenya and myself in regard to the Native Land Trust Bill which was recently introduced into the Legislative Council in Kenya. I will consider when the correspondence is complete what part, if any, of it can be published.
§ Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
Can the right hon. Gentleman see his way to let us have some of this correspondence before his Estimates come up for discussion this year?