HC Deb 05 December 1945 vol 416 c2302
17. Lieut.-Colonel Price-White

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to a report by Mr. Kanthack, the South African irrigation expert, on soil erosion in the Kikuyu Reserve in Kenya; and whether he agrees that the drastic and compulsory measures that were recommended in that report will be necessary to arrest further damage, including the prohibition of the cultivation of steep hillsides.

Mr. George Hall

I have not received a copy of the report referred to, but I can assure the hon. and gallant Member that the Kenya Government are fully alive to the urgency of the problems of soil erosion. I would refer him to the paper issued last week by the Kenya Government on the subject of land utilisation and settlement, and particularly to paragraphs 5 and 20. A copy of this paper has already been placed in the Library of the House, and I am sending a copy to the hon. and gallant Member.