HC Deb 26 June 1958 vol 590 cc598-9
37. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to what extent land belonging to detainees now in camps in Kenya has been included in the land consolidation programme of that territory.

Mr. Profumo

All land, including land in which detainees have rights under native law and custom, is being consolidated in those areas to which the Native Land Tenure Rules, 1956, have been applied.

Mrs. Castle

Is the Under-Secretary of State aware that this fact is causing very grave unrest among detainees, who feel that their land rights are being alienated without their consent while they are detained? Will he give an assurance that there will be no interference with the land rights of detainees without consultation with them, however worthy the objects of land consolidation may be?

Mr. Profumo

I cannot accept the contention in the hon. Lady's supplementary question. Perhaps I may put the matter in perspective. All detainees who may be concerned are informed well in advance of the intention to consolidate an area and are given an opportunity of naming someone to look after their interests.