HC Deb 13 February 1953 vol 511 cc80-1W
Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why the principle of separate racial taxation for social services has been introduced in East African territories; what inquirles were carried out before the principle was accepted; and what recommendations were made to the Governments concerned by the bodies appointed to make the inquiries.

Mr. Lyttelton

There is separate taxation on non-African communities in some of the East African territories to cover part of the cost of social services for them, where the communities concerned wish to provide such services at a higher standard than can properly he financed from general revenue. In Tanganyika the non-native education tax was imposed as a result of the report of a Select Committee of the Legislative Council in 1948. Elsewhere such taxation was passed by legislation after debate in the Legislative Council.