HC Deb 15 December 1960 vol 632 c571
4. Mr. Wall

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement about the security of land titles in Kenya.

Mr. Iain Macleod

I expect to make a statement next week.

Mr. Wall

When my right hon. Friend comes to give that statement, will he bear in mind that this problem is unique to Kenya in that some African politicians are claiming that, as the land belongs to the Africans, compensation will be paid only on buildings and other improvements? Does not he agree that, if confidence is to be restored, the farmers in Kenya must be given clear assurances on this matter?

Mr. Macleod

I do not think that this is entirely unique to Kenya but it is more difficult there than anywhere else, I know.

Sir H. Oakshott

Does my right hon. Friend recognise that anxiety about this problem has greatly deepened in Kenya recently because of utterances by certain African leaders, and that it is necessary to re-establish confidence in land titles which were originally granted by the Crown?

Mr. Macleod

Yes, I fully recognise that.

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