HC Deb 31 October 1956 vol 558 c1422
40. Mrs. White

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many workers from Ruanda Urundi on the Belgian Congo have been admitted to Kenya in the last twelve months, or the nearest convenient date ; and how many have permits to come in the near future.

Mr. Maclay

Workers from Ruanda Urundi who obtained identity cards in Kenya as required under the law numbered 450 in the last twelve months. Permits are not required by these workers. I have no means of estimating how many of these workers will come to Kenya in the near future.

Mrs. White

Can the right hon. Gentleman tell the House whether it is still intended to bring large numbers of workers from this area into Kenya where there is already severe overcrowding in many districts?

Mr. Maclay

That position is being carefully watched. The 450 that I have mentioned compare with 223,000 people engaged in agriculture and 500,000 engaged in all forms of employment.