HC Deb 02 March 1955 vol 537 cc2057-8
42. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will specify the plans at present in operation in Kenya designed to attract Africans to peace, law and order and to assure them of full and free educational, economic and social freedom.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I would refer the hon. Member to the detailed statement of policy published by the Kenya Government on 5th July, 1954, a copy of which is in the Library of the House, and to full information which was published on 15th February in the OFFICIAL REPORT in accordance with my promise to the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Rochester and Chatham (Mr. Bottomley).

Mr. Hughes

Can the Minister say what success is being achieved by the policy and plan outlined in that document?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I think that there are signs of growing confidence, and the support given universally by African opinion to the recent amnesty terms is a pointer in the right direction.

Mr. Fenner Brockway

In view of the actions which have been taken in Kenya and which have so seriously prejudiced the amnesty proposals, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman what action the Government are taking to restore the trust of Mau Mau adherents in the genuineness of the offer?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I have already expressed my views in regard to the gross impropriety—if not something far worse—of those who attempt to prejudice the amnesty settlement, and there are questions later on that matter.

Mr. Philips Price

Will the Secretary of State bear in mind that there are many Africans who have lost their tribal state and have virtually no position in society? Is it not vitally important to get education and social services going among the African people?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I am quite certain that the final cure for horrors of this kind lies in the success of advanced education which will enable the African and others to view the problems of this generation in a balanced and sensible way.