HC Deb 16 July 1957 vol 573 cc936-7
34. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what official discussions are planned with Sir Evelyn Baring, the Governor of Kenya, regarding the constitutional deadlock in that territory.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

As is usual about this time of year, the Governor is paying a brief visit to give me an up-to-date account of the situation in Kenya.

Mrs. Castle

Will the Colonial Secretary use this opportunity of discussions with the Governor to press upon him the desirability of immediate increased representation being given to Africans in the Legislative Council, in order to create an atmosphere of confidence which will enable multi-racialism to proceed in that Colony?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Quite naturally, I shall take advantage of the Governor's presence here to consider with him what negotiations and discussions on these matters are possible within the confines of the undertakings given by my predecessor, by which, naturally, I am completely bound.

Mr. J. Johnson

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that Tom Mboya is flying here at this moment, that two Cabinet Ministers are in the same plane, and that two other Ministers from Kenya are already in this country? Will he, therefore, consult these men in high positions in Kenya with a view to agreement being reached as early as possible on a constitutional conference long before 1960?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

As the hon. Gentleman knows, I have never shown any reluctance to see visitors from any Colonial Territory. He referred to Mr. Tom Mboya as being in a high position in Kenya. I am anxious that he should be in a position of responsibility in Kenya, but so far he has refused. I think that responsibility is more important than height, despite my own.

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