HC Deb 24 November 1937 vol 329 c1223
54. Mr. Riley

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the present position and number of Abyssinian refugees in British Somaliland and Kenya?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

The position as regards the refugees in Kenya was fully described in the reply given to the hon. Member for Birkenhead, East (Mr. White) on 3rd November. As regards Somaliland, I have nothing to add to the reply given to the hon. Member for English Universities (Miss Rathbone) on 30th July.

Mr. Riley

Has the right hon. Gentleman seen the recent reports of the terrible conditions of 8,000 Abyssinian refugees in Kenya who are suffering from smallpox, typhoid, dysentery, malaria, and so on?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

I have seen what seems to be a highly inaccurate Press report, but I gave the figures in the reply to the hon. Member for East Birkenhead (Mr. White). In Kenya there is a total of approximately 6,000, and I gave the cases of disease, the most notable of which were 155 cases of small-pox.