10. Captain TODD
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the impending levy of Income Tax in Kenya, he will consider advising the local government to reduce taxation in other directions in view of the existing hardship to local inhabitants owing to the high level of taxation in the Colony?
§ Sir P. CUNLIFFE-LISTER
The object of introducing Income Tax in Kenya is to assist the Colony to balance its budget. When that result is effected it will be possible to consider whether other taxation can be reduced, in which case it will be the policy of Government to reduce first those taxes which bear most hardly on the productivity of the Colony. With regard to the alleged high 317 level of taxation I would refer my hon. Friend to Lord Moyne's report, in particular paragraphs 48 and 118, from which it will be seen that in his view the nonnative direct taxation is on a comparatively light scale.