HC Deb 27 April 1961 vol 639 cc612-3
27. Mr. Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement on the political situation in Kenya.

Mr. Macleod

The Kenya African Democratic Union has recently agreed to take part in the formation of a Government, and discussions are now proceeding with a view to recommendations being made to Her Majesty The Queen for the appointment of Ministers. The Governor will announce a date for the formal opening of the Legislative Council as soon as possible.

Mr. Brockway

While recognising the need for a stable Government in Kenya, does the right hon. Gentleman appreciate that the arrangements which have been made with K.A.D.U. are not likely to be stable and may be very temporary and that there is no likelihood of a stable Government in Kenya until Jomo Kenyatta is released?

Mr. Macleod

I am bound to say that I do not accept the first or second part of that supplementary question. I believe that the Government which is being formed will prove to be strong and stable.

Sir H. Oakshott

Has my right hon. Friend's attention been drawn to reports coming through in the last hour or two which seem to indicate that a Government is almost on the verge of being formed, and can he give the House any details? Is the report true? If so, is it not a very welcome step forward?

Mr. Macleod

Yes, I can confirm those reports. In the last hour or two, I have received from the Governor a list of six names for the more important portfolios—three African, two European and one Asian. Those appointments will be confirmed at once and I imagine that the Governor will be making an early announcement on them.