HC Deb 13 July 1955 vol 543 c1922
31. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement on the prospects of the restoration of order and peace in Kenya.

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

The prospects are encouraging in that there has recently been a marked improvement in the general security situation in Kenya as shown, for example, by the transfer to the Administration and police of responsibility for the maintenance of law and order in the Fort Hall and Thika Districts and by the decision of the Kenya Government to facilitate the establishment of African district political associations.

Mr. Hughes

Has the right hon. Gentleman taken the opportunity of receiving the delegation from the Kenya Government which is now so usefully visiting this country, and, if so, with what result?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I am, of course, in constant touch with the delegation, whose arrival in this country has been so warmly welcomed by every section of the community. I am confident, as they are, that the combination of a liberal policy and the determination in military answers to terrorists are yielding good results.

Mr. J. Griffiths

In view of the improved position, which we all welcome, will the right hon. Gentleman now consult with the Kenya Government on the possibility of modifying the present emergency laws?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I do not think the time for that has yet arrived, although I am constantly in touch with the Kenya Government to keep the situation under continuous review.

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