HC Deb 11 December 1972 vol 848 cc27-8
32. Mr. Wall

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has for further African resettlement schemes in Kenya and for the purchase of the remaining small European-owned mixed farms.

Mr. Wood

I expect to have talks with Kenya Ministers in the first half of next year about future aid for their development programme. I am sure that the land transfer programme will form an important part of those discussions. I am meanwhile taking steps to avoid any gap in the land transfer programme.

Mr. Wall

While welcoming my right hon. Friend's reply, may I ask him to take note of the fact that the transfer of land outside the official scheme has almost ceased? Will he try to ascertain the number of small British mixed farmers who might wish to take advantage of any further resettlement scheme which my right hon. Friend may agree with the Kenya Government?

Mr. Wood

The answer to the second part of my hon. Friend's question is "Yes, I will." As for the first part of his question, he will understand that I always take note of his wise words.