HC Deb 23 February 1921 vol 138 c980W

asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies whether, notwithstanding the announcement last December that no action was being taken in the Kenya Colony regarding the segregation of Indians pending further consideration of the matter, nothing has been done to stop the system of segregation already in operation in Mombasa; whether a new area has been prescribed for Indians in Nairobi; and whether the local town-planning committee have divided Lumbwa into European and Indian areas?

Lieut.-Colonel AMERY

The Governor of Kenya had been requested to take no action with regard to the proposed sales of town plots in Nairobi and Mombasa until the policy with regard to segregation had been settled, but it was ascertained later that he had already taken steps to proclaim an area in Mombasa which would eventually be reserved for Europeans. The only immediate effect of this notice was that an Asiatic holding land in the reserved area could only transfer it to a European with the condition that it would then be reserved for European occupation. The Governor was asked for information on the point, and a despatch received on the 22nd February shows that the notice was issued in order that the general town-planning scheme for Mombasa, which was being prepared should not be prejudiced by transfers of land made before the scheme was complete. The Governor's proposals for a new definition of the Asiatic area in Nairobi are under consideration. They contemplate very substantial increases in the area to be reserved for Asiatics. No information with regard to Lumbwa has been received.

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