HC Deb 29 July 1958 vol 592 cc1138-9
28. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what has been the result of the consideration by the Central Whitley Council in Kenya of the allocation of Government quarters on a nonracial basis.

Mr. Profumo

The staff side has not yet been able to produce proposals to put before the Council. The next opportunity for the Council to discuss the question will be in early August but meanwhile all senior African officers in Nairobi have been allotted quarters at European standards.

Mrs. Castle

Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that a purely ad hoc solution is not satisfactory, since it does not fulfil the non-racial principle? As this matter has been dragging on since February of this year, can he give some indication of the difficulties on the staff side and what the staff is standing out for?

Mr. Profumo

The difficulties are the practical ones of preparing a detailed scheme which is both in line with the policy of non-racial allocation and fair to those who have joined the Service expecting a certain type of accommodation.