HC Deb 04 February 1942 vol 377 cc1179-80
42. Major Lyons

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies from what fund the Secretary of State has sanctioned a loan or grant for a rehousing scheme for Africans at Nairobi, and what are the conditions of the loan; to what authority is it made, and what is the total estimated expenditure of the scheme; whether the rents will be economic or sub-economic; and whether the plans provide for reasonable amenities, including tree planting, outdoor and indoor relaxation and a community centre, all with due regard to economy?

Mr. George Hall

A loan of £30,000 was made in November last year from Kenya Government Funds to the Nairobi Municipal Council for a housing scheme for Africans. The loan is for a period of 40 years and interest is payable at 3 per cent. The rents to be charged by the Council are to be sufficient to cover capital cost and annual maintenance only. The plans provide for a central garden, additional garden sites on the outskirts of the location, and a belt of trees along one side. Details of recreational facilities are not available.

Major Lyons

Will my hon. Friend keep his mind on the necessity for those recreation facilities in any further plans which are put to him?

Mr. Hall

I have no doubt that future plans will comply with my hon. Friend's wishes.