HC Deb 04 March 1953 vol 512 cc368-9
13. Mr. Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies for an estimate of the amount of land unoccupied by Africans in Tanganyika which could be used for agricultural purposes.

Mr. Lyttelton

It is impossible to give any estimate which would be of much value. The areas are considerable.

Mr. Teeling

Does my right hon. Friend remember that at Strasbourg last autumn a resolution was passed to the effect that everything should be done by all European countries who have interests in that part of the world to try to develop the areas as far as possible while at the same time safeguarding the conditions of the Africans? Will he make quite sure that Tanganyika is pulling its weight?

Mr. Lyttelton

The matter is constantly engaging the attention of the Governor of Tanganyika in order to make the fullest use of land which is suitable for agriculture