HC Deb 22 March 1920 vol 127 c78W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if he has received information that a notification has been issued announcing the sale by auction at Nairobi, on the 7th of April, of 80 plots of Government land situated in the business centre of that town and surrounded by plots held by Indians; if the right of purchase, according to that notification, is to be confined to Europeans; and if instructions will in that case be given that a limitation so prejudicial to the rights of Indian settlers and to the revenue of British East Africa shall be removed?

Lieut.-Colonel AMERY

I have received from the East Africa Indian Deputation now in London a copy of a telegram relating to this sale, of which I have had no other notification. The question of policy which it involves is awaiting the return of the Secretary of State, and until I have an opportunity of discussion with him I am not prepared to direct that in this case a policy which has been adopted by the Protectorate Government for some time must be reversed.