§ 23. Mrs. Castle
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many acres of the land included in the Mwea Development Scheme in Kenya are now under crop.
§ Mrs. Castle
Is the Minister of State aware that when I was studying the scheme in Kenya last October, I was assured by people on the spot that it was expected to have 1,000 acres in crop by March, before the long rains? As this figure has not been reached, could the right hon. Gentleman explain why there is this very unfortunate delay in pressing ahead with schemes for the resettlement of landless Kikuyu tribesmen?
§ Mr. Hare
As I have just heard one of my hon. Friends behind me mention, 475 it is sometimes not wise to hurry too quickly in these matters of agricultural experiments. This is part of a pilot scheme, and it is hoped that the first block of 5,000 acres will be cleared fairly soon, and that the second block of 6,000 acres will be ready about the end of this year. Meanwhile, we are quite pleased with the progress that has been made.