HC Deb 22 May 1928 vol 217 c1689
63. Colonel WEDGWOOD

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, seeing that it is now several years since it was first proposed to vest the land in Kenya occupied by natives in some form of trust, he is yet in a position to lay before the House the proposed constitution and membership of this trust?

Captain MARGESSON (Lord of the Treasury)

I have been asked to answer this question. A Bill to establish a Native Land Trust was published in Kenya on the 26th April, and my right hon. Friend understands that it will be introduced into the Legislative Council during the Session commencing the 12th June. Misconceptions might arise if he attempted to summarise the constitution and membership of the bodies to be set up within the limits of an oral reply; but he hopes very shortly to receive the Bill as published and will then place copies in the Library of the House, together with a note of certain amendments which, he understands, the Government proposes to adopt.


Does the hon. and gallant Gentleman know whether the Colonial Office saw and approved of the Bill before it was introduced, or whether they have not yet seen it?


Perhaps the right hon. and gallant Gentleman will put down that question.

Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

Would the hon. and gallant Gentleman ask the Colonial Secretary if he has given instructions that no further land is to be alienated until the Bill has been passed?


I would ask the hon. and gallant Member to put down a question also.