HC Deb 26 October 1932 vol 269 cc991-2W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what was the entire cost of Lord Moyne's visit; what proportion of such cost was paid by Kenya and what proportion by the Mother country; whether there has been any protest that Kenya should be charged with the expenditure of an Imperial Commission; and what is the principle of the Government in regard to financial visits of this nature?


Lord Moyne received no fee for his mission. The expenses of his visit are expected not to exceed a sum of £1,150, which is being paid by the Government of Kenya. The cost. of printing his report, estimated at £96, was borne by His Majesty's Government. The elected members of the Kenya Legislative Council recorded their protest in principle against charging Kenya funds with any expenditure incurred on investigations arising out of the recommendations of the joint select committee on East Africa. This protest was communicated to me by the Governor, and I informed him in reply that the question whether the cost of any particular inquiry should be borne by the Colony or Colonies concerned is one for decision on the merits in each case, and that it is not possible to accept as a principle that, because an inquiry may arise on the initiative of Parliament, or as the result of directions from the Secretary of State for the Colonies, the cost should therefore be borne by the Imperial Treasury.