HC Deb 28 June 1966 vol 730 c1564
10. Mr. Wall

asked the Minister of Overseas Development if agreement has now been reached with the Kenya Government about procedure for the valuation of farms of British subjects acquired for African resettlement.

Mr. Oram

Discussions between the British and Kenya Governments on the method of valuation to be used for purchases of agricultural land in Kenya from British loans are still continuing.

Mr. Wall

Have not these discussions been taking a long time? Will the hon. Gentleman address himself to the recommendation that valuation should be done jointly by British and Kenya Government representatives and that there should be an impartial tribunal to which appeals could be made?

Mr. Oram

I agree that this matter has taken rather a long time, but it is difficult and complex. The report is under joint consideration by the two Governments.

Mr. Frederic Harris

Is it not about time that the British Government paid a very great tribute to the Kenya Government for creating the stability in Kenya which makes this matter not so urgent as it was some years ago?

Mr. Oram

I am sure that we welcome the hon. Gentleman's tribute, which is, I think, well-deserved.