HC Deb 04 December 1953 vol 521 c179W
Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what action the Government contemplates taking upon the recommendations of the Report of Sir Sydney Abrahams' Commission of 1946 on land in Nyasaland.

Mr. Lyttelton

The main recommendations of the Abrahams Report concerning the acquisition by Government of undeveloped land held by European estates were considered in detail by a Planning Committee set up in 1948. That Committee reported that a full solution of the problem on the lines suggested by the Land Commission was not practicable and the Committee's Report was generally accepted by the Government with the agreement of the then Secretary of State. The Planning Committee did, however, recommend the acquisition of some 545,000 acres of undeveloped land and some 300,000 acres have been acquired to date. As the hon. Member is aware, I am considering with the Governor whether any further implementation of the Committee's Report would be practicable.