HC Deb 18 June 1953 vol 516 cc85-6W
Mr. Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies in what circumstances temporary residents in Kenya are liable to be called up under the present Emergency Regulations; and how far the practice in Britain during the war of postponing enrolment until appeals have been heard is applied in the Colony.

Mr. Lyttelton

The only temporary residents in Kenya liable to call-up are European male British subjects between the ages of 18 and 45 on temporary employment passes, which are valid for a maximum of four years, and Asian male British subjects between the ages of 18 and 23, on similar passes, who have resided in the territory for six months. Any appeal against call-up must be made within seven clear days and, in the case of Nairobi, whence the majority of persons called up have been drawn, this allows time for the Director of Manpower to consider appeals before enrolment. In the case of persons from other areas, this is not always possible. Appeals to the Central Exemption Tribunal against decisions of the Director of Manpower are usually heard after enrolment: but where hardship is likely to result, enrolment is postponed pending the Tribunal's decision.