HC Deb 08 July 1953 vol 517 cc1220-1
10. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what organisation is now left in existence in Kenya, since the proscription of the Kenya African Union, which will enable Africans in Kenya, collectively and authoritatively, to define, express and present to the Government, in a legitimate way, their political, economic and social aspirations.

Mr. Lyttelton

African opinion may be expressed to Government through the African members of the Legislative Council and members of the Emergency Council, local associations, African District Councils, trade unions and the African Civil Service Association. There are thus many means by which the aspirations to which the hon. and learned Member refers can be expressed collectively in a constitutional manner.

Mr. Hughes

Is the Minister aware that that answer is couched in very general terms? Will he specify some of the organisations which are open to loyal Africans to enable them to co-operate in pursuing peace?

Mr. Lyttelton

I must contradict the hon. and learned Gentleman. The answer is in most specific terms and enumerates a number of bodies.

Mr. Hughes

But no names are given.

Mr. Baldwin

Is my right hon. Friend aware that if the Kenya African Union had been proscribed some three or four years ago when its activities were first reported to the Opposition, Kenya might not be in the state it is today?

Mr. Speaker

That is a very hypothetical question.