HC Deb 25 July 1938 vol 338 cc2712-3
80. Mr. C. S. Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Government are now in a position to consider the economic grievances of Indians in Kenya; and whether, in the near future, these British subjects shall have an opportunity of owning or renting agricultural land in any part of Kenya?

The Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. Malcolm MacDonald)

It is difficult for me to give an adequate reply to the first part of my hon. Friend's question without some indication of the particular grievances which he has in mind, but I am, of course, always ready to consider any legitimate grievances. As regards the second part of the question, the matter is still governed by the decisions set out in Command Paper No. 1922 of 1923.

Mr. Taylor

Is there any plan in hand now to alter the present legislation?

Mr. MacDonald

No, Sir.

Mr. Paling

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that not only Indians, but the natives, are not allowed to work land in certain cases in their own country?