HC Deb 08 June 1934 vol 290 cc1239-40W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the marketing legislation in force in Tanganyika and Uganda has adversely affected both the Africans and Indians; whether the Government of Kenya will appoint a committee to in quire into the effects of legislation in Tanganyika and Uganda before introducing the same in Kenya; and whether an opportunity will be allowed to the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce to present their case in the proper quarter before the Government proposals are passed into law?


I cannot accept the suggestion in the first part of the question. I am in fact convinced that, in the circumstances of Uganda and Tanganyika, the legislation in force there is in the best interests of the territories and the producers in them. In Kenya there is already in existence a Native Marketing Advisory Council which has, no doubt, every aspect of the matter under its consideration. Included among the members of this Council is the chairman of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce who will therefore have every opportunity of putting their views before Government through the appropriate channel. I may add that when in Kenya I had the opportunity of discussing the whole question of native marketing with the Indian members of the Legislative Council.

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