HC Deb 07 March 1923 vol 161 cc547-8W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies when the Kenya Deportation Ordinance, No. 2, of 1922, passed for emergency Purposes; whether it has yet been used; and whether the Colonial Office possess as yet a copy of the Ordinance?


The Secretary of State has not received a copy of the Ordinance, which is, no doubt, No. 2 of 1923, not 1922, nor has the Governor reported that it has been passed. If, as I expect, the Ordinance is in the same terms as the Bill which was published for general information as long ago as last July, the statement which has been attributed to the Governor as to its emergency character must mean that the powers conferred by the Ordinance are intended to be used only in emergency, and not that the Ordinance is emergency legislation. I have no reason to suppose that the powers conferred by the Ordinance have yet been used, but I may observe that the Governor has had for 20 years, and has on occasion used, powers of deportation more drastic than those which have been conferred on the Courts if the Bill of July, 1922, has become law.