HC Deb 16 July 1957 vol 573 cc947-8
51. Mr. Sydney Irving

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the proportion of cultivated land in Tanganyika which is farmed by Europeans and Africans, respectively; the proportion of the territory which is at present under cultivation; and the number of African farmers who are growing the main cash crop of Tanganyika, sisal.

Mr. Profumo

I am consulting the Governor of Tanganyika and will circulate the information in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Irving

Would the hon. Gentleman not agree that there is an inordinately high proportion of cultivated land in the hands of non-Africans? Will he also bear in mind the remarks of the Economist of 29th June that a generous and constructive land policy is vitally necessary and would be in the interests not only of Africans but of non-Africans? Will he do everything he can to bring this initiative about?

Mr. Profumo

I am consulting the Governor only because I myself do not know what the proportion is and, therefore, I would not venture to go as far as the hon. Gentleman.