HC Deb 05 July 1950 vol 477 c463
28. Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why, at the end of 1949, half a million pounds more had been spent on European school buildings in Kenya than on Indian school buildings when the development and reconstruction authority in Kenya had decided that the needs of European and Indian school buildings were considered approximately equal.

Mr. J. Griffiths

The disparity has been caused by the greater cost of European school building, most of which is for boarders, and by practical difficulties in the Indian building programme, particularly in the acquisition of sites. Nevertheless, the Indian programme has not fallen behind the 10-year plan timetable, and, in the four years up to the end of 1949, 2,788 new Indian places were provided as compared to 575 European.

Mr. Baldwin

Is the Minister aware that if the Indian community contributed their fair share of Income Tax towards the revenue there would be plenty of money available for building schools?