HC Deb 22 December 1919 vol 123 c1065W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has received a copy of the Final Report (Part I.) of the Economic Commission appointed by the Government of the East Africa Protectorate; whether his attention has been called to passages in that Report which reflect in offensive terms upon the civilisation of the Indian people, upon their morality, and upon the alleged danger to the moral and physical welfare and the economic progress of the African people which accompany the presence of Indians in the. country; whether the opinions so expressed are concurred in by the Government of the Protectorate or by His Majesty's Government; whether His Majesty's Government are aware of the intense indignation which these attacks have created amongst Indians in East Africa and in India.; whether His Majesty's Government are aware that, as is openly advocated by the authors of this Report, it is the desire of a number of settlers in the Protectorate to close the door to further Indian immigration and secure the elimination of the existing Indian population; and what steps the Government are taking to protect the resident Indian population of the Protectorate, and to maintain an open door for Indian immigration on equal terms with immigration from other countries than India?

Lieut.-Colonel AMERY

The Report of the Economic Commission has been received, but the views expressed in it must not be regarded as being those either of the Government of the East African Protectorate or of His Majesty's Government. The whole question of the policy of the Protectorate in relation to Indians will be discussed between the Governor, who is now in this country, and the Secretary of State on his return from Egypt.