HC Deb 30 November 1949 vol 470 c1130
25. Mr. Platts-Miils

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what was the purpose of the recent conference held in Nairobi under the chairmanship of the Governor of Kenya, and attended by the Commander-in-Chief East Indies Station, the General Officer commanding East Africa, the Air Officer commanding, the Governors of Tanganyika and Uganda and the British Resident at Zanzibar.

The Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. Creech Jones)

I assume that the hon. Member has in mind the fourth routine meeting of the East Africa High Commission, held in August last. The purpose of such meetings is to discuss matters arising within the purview of the High Commission.

Mr. Platts-Mills

Does that mean that this extraordinary assembly of high powered officers was there to consider what is to be done in the face of the rising discontent of the native peoples of West Africa, and may we assume, as a matter of course, that a report of the deliberations was sent to the American chiefs of staff?