HC Deb 20 August 1940 vol 364 c1145W
Mr. Lewis

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, with a view to the more efficient co-ordination of defence in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika, he will consider the desirability of appointing a Governor-General with supreme authority over these three countries for the duration of the war?

Mr. George Hall

In order to provide for effective civil co-ordination and to ensure the best use of resources in the common war effort of the East African Dependencies, my Noble Friend has recently approved a reconstitution of the Conference of East African Governors for the period of the war. The Governor of Kenya has become the chairman of the Conference and Sir Philip Mitchell, who has relinquished the Governorship of Uganda, deputy-chairman. The deputy-chairman, who resides at Nairobi, is in general charge of the Conference. It is felt that efficient co-ordination will be secured by these arrangements.