HC Deb 05 May 1960 vol 622 cc1233-4
6. Mr. Swingler

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the number of African tenants who have been threatened with eviction by Nairobi City Council; and the reasons why they have been so threatened.

Mr. Iain Macleod

Although about 1,200 African tenants have been served with eviction notices for non-payment of rent, I am informed that first indications are that the serving of notices has led in most cases to payment.

Mr. Swingler

A report in The Times showed more than twice that number. Was that report incorrect? Does this situation have anything to do with the reports and rumours about unemployment and under-employment in Kenya, about which many people are gravely concerned?

Mr. Macleod

My information is from the Kenya Government, but I will check it, in view of the figure mentioned by the hon. Gentleman. It is quite likely that one of the main reasons has been the influx into Nairobi, which has probably led to pressure on people to take in families and relatives. We will probably know that more clearly when we get the report on unemployment and under-employment in Kenya.

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