HC Deb 16 March 1932 vol 263 cc263-4
18. Mr. JOHN

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, when the Government of Kenya holds auctions of township plots, bids from Africans are invited and can be accepted?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister)

The Government of Kenya does not impose any racial restrictions on the auction of township plots in the Colony except in cases in which prior legal commitments make it necessary to maintain such restrictions.

19. Mr. JOHN

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many town- ship plots have been either sold or leased to African natives of Kenya in Nairobi and in other townships in Kenya, respectively, in 1931 and in all previous years?


The information asked for is not available, but inquiry will be made of the Governor of Kenya.

20. Mr. JOHN

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether steps have been taken to prevent any alienation of Crown land to non-natives in Kenya Colony pending the inquiry into the position as regards land which it is proposed to hold according to the recommendation in paragraph 105 of the report of the Joint Committee on East Africa?


The Committee did not recommend that all alienation of Crown lands to non-natives should be prevented, but that, pending the proposed land inquiry, no such alienations should take place except in exceptional cases with the sanction of the Secretary of State. This recommendation will be considered when the report is reviewed as a whole in the light of the views of the Governors of the Dependencies concerned.