HC Deb 10 July 1962 vol 662 cc1125-6
7. Mr. Wall

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what terms of reference have been given to the independent commission set up to study the Northern Frontier District of Kenya; and when he expects to receive its report.

Mr. H. Fraser

It has not been appointed yet, but its composition and terms of reference will be announced as soon as possible.

Mr. Wall

Is my hon. Friend aware that the appointment of a special commission for this area is causing a spate of rumours among the Somalis that there will be a change there? Will he, therefore, see that the Commission is appointed as soon as possible with the clearest possible terms of reference?

Mr. Fraser

Yes, Sir; I will.

Mr. F. M. Bennett

In adopting the expression "as soon as possible", is the Minister hoping that this business will be accomplished before the rising of the House for the long Recess?

Mr. Fraser

No, Sir, I do not think so, necessarily. We have to appoint someone of great eminence to undertake the task, and our object is that the report should be available by the late autumn. There is not such immense urgency about it owing to the various constitutional timetables laid out in Cmnd. 1700.

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