HC Deb 10 April 1957 vol 568 c124W
Sir L. Plummer

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to what extent the participation and advice of the African population in Kenya is considered by the Government and Legislative Council in the planning of the consolidation of African land holdings into economic units.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Until consolidation is demanded by the people themselves, Government action is confined to pointing out the defects of existing systems of cultivation, the benefits of consolidation and secure tenure, and to pilot schemes in areas where there is general enthusiasm.

When it is decided to start consolidation the Native Land Tenure Rules, 1956, are applied to the area, under which committees of local Africans carry out the entire process in accordance with customary law. Where a committee can reach no decision on private right-holding the matter is referred to an all-African arbitration board appointed by the Provincial Commissioner under the Rules.

The function of the Legislative Council as such has been to pass the necessary legal measures complementary to the Native Land Trust Rules. The African members of the Council supported these measures unanimously.