HC Deb 02 June 1954 vol 528 c1277
44. Mr. George Craddock

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what restrictions apply to the granting of permits to Africans for the growing and cutting of wattle bark in Kenya.

Mr. Lyttelton

There are no restrictions on growing wattle, but in certain areas no bark may be stripped except under permit and between certain dates in the year.

Mr. Craddock

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is information to the effect that loyal Africans were allowed to strip this bark before the war, but that the restrictions apply to those who are not regarded as loyal Africans, and will he say why?

Mr. Lyttelton

If the hon. Member has any information on that matter, I shall be glad to look into it, but I would remind him that these regulations in regard to stripping the bark apply to all races, and that they only seek to prevent the trees being stripped when they are not fit to be stripped, and to enable inspection for quality before sale.

Mr. Brockway

Has the right hon. Gentleman seen the statement of Mr. Michael Blundell upon this matter, and will he not look into his information again?

Mr. Lyttelton

I have said that if the hon. Gentleman has any information which he wants me to look into, I shall be very glad to do so.

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