HC Deb 23 June 1954 vol 529 cc25-6W
36. Mr. Benn

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what economic reforms have been introduced in Kenya during the last 18 months.

Mr. Lyttelton

I would refer the hon. Member to my statement on 28th October last. The Kenya Government's expenditure on development has risen steadily since 1946 and is now running at the rate of £6 million annually. In addition, work has begun on the 5-year £5 million plan for African Agriculture. The committee on African wages has presented the first part of its report and on 1st April the statutory minimum wage in urban areas was raised by Sh. 10 a month. The Central Housing Board has allocated £¾ million to the Nairobi City Council to enable it to complete its 5-year housing programme in three years; £ million to Mombasa and lesser sums to other centres. These are some examples of the progress made and if the hon. Member will put down a Question about any particular project he has in mind, I will do my best to provide the information.

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