HC Deb 02 June 1954 vol 528 cc1277-8
55. Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what new positive incentives he is offering to induce Africans, and particularly the Kikuyu peoples, to support the Government of Kenya against the Mau Mau conspiracy.

Mr. Lyttelton

In broad outline, these include the intensification of African agricultural development, the provision of funds to help African traders, special grants for training and educational institutions, better housing and recreational facilities and increased wages. In the Kikuyu areas, greater confidence is being created by the protection afforded by villages and the support and assistance given to loyalists and their families.

Mr. Johnson

Will the Minister agree that, in the final analysis, this would be the only way which will win over to us the better elements of the African population, and will he please pursue this to his fullest ability, in contradistinction to some other measures which are not quite so helpful in the present Kenya situation?

Mr. Lyttelton

We have to restore law and order, but I agree with the hon. Member that, if we look at the long-term aspect of the matter, it is the sort of subjects which I have mentioned in my reply which are essential if we are to return to normal conditions.