HC Deb 09 February 1944 vol 396 cc1749-50
15. Captain Peter Macdonald

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what assistance the Government is giving to housing in East Africa.

Mr. Emrys-Evans

In Kenya, legislation has just been passed establishing a housing fund from which Government money may be advanced by grant and loan to local authorities. The major part of the funds required will be met from the Colonial Development and Welfare Vote and housing schemes for Africans are now being prepared which will involve expenditure of the order of £500,000. In addition the Kenya Government has been making good use of local materials during the war to carry out small schemes for the housing of its own employees. In Zanzibar, a grant of £6,000 for an experimental scheme for housing improvement in the native town has recently been approved under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act. The other East African Governments are fully alive to the importance of improving housing conditions and plans are being worked out for the post-war period when materials and labour again become more readily available.

Mr. Sorensen

How many houses is it anticipated will be built in the next five years?

Mr. Emrys-Evans

I must ask for notice of that question.