HC Deb 14 December 1955 vol 547 cc1173-4
2. Mr. Fenner Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will consult the Governor of Kenya with a view to reopening discussions with the Mau-Mau leaders with the object of ending the fighting in the Colony and Protectorate.

The Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. Alan Lennox-Boyd)

The terrorist gangs have been broken up into small groups and there is now no effective leadership. Surrenders continue under the "Green Branch" terms, which are still in force.

Mr. Brockway

Did not the negotiations at the beginning of the year fail because the Mau-Mau leaders had lost certain political conditions? Would it now be possible to reach some of the leaders, in spite of the facts that the right hon. Gentleman has given, in order to bring an end to the fighting and to allow reconstruction to begin?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I think an end is coming to the fighting because of the mastery secured by the security forces and the mass of the people in Kenya.

Mr. J. Griffiths

What is the right hon. Gentleman's estimate of the number of people with Mau-Mau? Are any terms of surrender still open to them?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I would hesitate to give an answer to the first part of the question, but I will apply my mind to it and let the right hon. Gentleman know. On the second part of the question, "Green Branch" terms still continue in force, as I said in my reply.

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