§ 25. Mr. Turton
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what provision he intends to make for leaseholder farmers in Tanganyika who desire to leave their farms after Tanganyika becomes independent.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
I have no evidence to suggest that any special provision is necessary. Since the introduction of responsible government in September 1960, Ministers of the Tanganyika Government have given assurances—for example of their intention to maintain the sanctity of all titles to land granted under the law—which I understand have been warmly welcomed by leasehold farmers of all races in the territory.
§ Mr. Turton
Is my right hon. Friend aware that these farmers were invited to Tanganyika by Her Majesty's Government and that their leases were extended from 33 to 60 years by Her Majesty's Government? For that reason, is there not a responsibility to ensure that if they do not want to stay there they are given some compensation when they leave?
§ Mr. Macleod
I was not sure from the Question whether it was directed to those of British, Greek, Asian or African origin, all of whom have titles to land in Tanganyika. The essential point is that as soon as Tanganyika achieved responsible Government—and this has been repeated on a number of occasions since—the Minister responsible, Chief Fundikira, gave in most categorical terms an assurance that all titles to land would be respected. If I may say so, I should very much like to see that assurance given by Ministers in other territories.
§ Mr. Macleod
No. I think that it would be utterly wrong to assume that a guarantee given by a responsible Minister of a territory which is now at the stage of full internal self-government will not be carried out.