HC Deb 29 January 1948 vol 446 c203W
Mr. Skinnard

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement on the progress of African land settlement in Kenya, with special reference to the amount of additional land that has been made available to Africans; whether any of this land is situated in the area known as the White Highlands; and what machinery has been established for consulting African opinion on land questions.

Mr. Rees-Williams

The latest reports indicate steady progress in the preparation and settlement of new land for Africans and bush clearance, fencing and water drilling are proceeding satisfactorily in many areas. I am unable to provide comprehensive figures of the additional land provided without reference to the Governor but I understand that none has been made available in that part of the Highlands assigned to Europeans. African opinion is consulted through the African Settlement and Land Utilisation Board which consists of six official members and eleven unofficial members, of whom six are Africans.