HC Deb 03 June 1931 vol 253 cc188-9
15. Colonel HOWARD-BURY

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, seeing that Mombasa is essentially an Arab city and that the majority of the ratepayers are Arabs, he will take steps to see that they have adequate representation?


Representations which have recently been made on this subject are now being referred by my Noble Friend to the Governor of Kenya for consideration.


Is the hon. Member aware that only one of the 15 representatives there is an Arab, and, seeing that the Arabs have a majority there, will he not insure that they are adequately represented?


I am aware that there is only one Arab representative, but it is not quite accurate to say that the Arabs are in a majority, because there are more Indians than Arabs in Mombasa; but, still, I recognise that there is a case for consideration, and that point has been put to the Governor of Kenya.