HC Deb 09 July 1957 vol 573 c187
43. Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why the Kenya Government do not intend to publish the Report on Rural Wages.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The Kenya Government decided that publication of the Report would not be in the best interests of either employers or employees, but their examination of the whole question of rural wages will continue in the light of the committee's recommendations, and a full statement of policy will be made after discussions with representatives of both employers and employees.

Mr. Johnson

Why is this? Is the Minister aware that this Report has been awaited with anxiety by the Africans for a long time? Does not he also agree that it is a fact that there is not a single African upon the committee which sat? Is not it unfortunate that, with no African upon that committee, we are not publishing its Report? Will not that have an unfortunate effect upon public opinion?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

When the full statement that I have promised is published the hon. Member may think it was wise not to publish the Report at this time.