HC Deb 15 November 1960 vol 630 cc177-8
3. Mr. John Hall

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if the Committee appointed by the Government of Kenya to examine the possibility of starting a television service in Kenya has yet reported; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. H. Fraser

The Commission's Report was published by the Kenya Government on 15th January this year. I am arranging for a copy to be sent to my hon. Friend.

The Kenya Government are still examining the many complex problems involved in introducing television into Kenya.

Mr. Hall

Can my right hon. Friend give me any idea as to why it is taking the Kenya Government so long to make up their mind about this?

Mr. Fraser

No, Sir. As far as we are concerned, it is a very complex problem. The amount that my right hon. Friend and the Kenya Government quite rightly spent out of C.D. & W. funds largely on the improvement of radio communications has been over £¼ million in the last two years.

Colonel Beamish

Will my hon. Friend bear in mind the value of television in education? It is greatly under-estimated so far, and it may have a very important application indeed in Kenya, not only for education in the schools but for adult education as well.

Mr. Fraser

I am fully aware of that, and I hope that the Kenya Government will make up their mind.

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