HC Deb 21 July 1960 vol 627 cc703-4
4. Mr. P. Williams

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether special finance will now be provided for the building of a multi-racial girls' secondary school in Kenya.

Mr. Iain Macleod

I understand that an ad hoc committee is exploring the possibility of building a non-racial secondary girls' school, but that detailed plans are not yet complete. The Kenya Government are very willing to approach outside sources for special finance, on the assumption that these plans are satisfactory, but cannot provide capital help themselves without deferring other important projects.

Mr. Williams

I accept what my right hon. Friend says, but surely it is complete hypocrisy to go on talking about establishing a multi-racial society unless something can be done in the most fundamental of all services, namely, education?

Mr. Macleod

I hope that my Answer makes it clear that I welcome very much this imaginative approach which has come from all races to the problem of education, as exemplified by this proposal, but I think that my Answer is also the right one as far as the finance is concerned. It is obviously necessary for Kenya to study it first.

Mr. G. M. Thomson

In view of the welcome the Secretary of State gives to this very imaginative and important proposal, will not he consider making a grant out of C.D. and W. funds to help towards achieving it?

Mr. Macleod

As I am sure the hon. Gentleman knows, there is always great pressure on C.D. and W. reserves, and any proposal has to be considered in the light of all the other claims. I think that Kenya should look at this first. If they have any proposal to put to me later as a result of that, I will look at it.

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