§ 11. Mr. Edmund Harvey
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to the effect of colour bar restrictions in Nairobi in preventing West African troops, serving in the Forces there, from entering private cinemas; and whether steps can be taken by ordinance, or otherwise, to remove this colour bar discrimination?
§ Mr. George Hall
There is no general restriction on the entry of West African troops into private cinemas in Nairobi. Some films are, however, passed by the Film Censorship Board for exhibition to non-Africans only, in accordance with the Cinematograph Film Censorship Rules, 1930, which were passed because it was considered that certain films are not suitable for exhibition to African audiences. My Noble Friend is in communication with the Governor of Kenya, from whom further details are awaited.
§ Mr. Harvey
May we take it that the Government will use all their influence against the extension of colour bars there and elsewhere?
§ Mr. Hall
That is a matter which must be left to the Censorship Board, and that is one of the questions on which we are 1026 asking for information. I want to assure the hon. Member for the Combined English Universities (Mr. Harvey) that my Noble Friend and myself are very concerned about this matter.