HC Deb 08 March 1957 vol 566 c113W
Mr. Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what provision has been made and what employment is available for African smallholders who will be excluded from farming their own land under the Land Consolidation schemes in Kenya; and what employment is available in industry or agriculture for Africans returning to their reserves from detention and work camps in Kenya.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The consolidation programme does not exclude right-holders from farming their own land. It does in the case of some individuals, whose established rights are found to be of limited extent, result in the demarcation of plots not large enough for farm planning or the production of cash-crops on an economic scale. Many of these right-holders are finding agricultural employment with farmers with larger holdings and it is not yet clear whether any unemployment problem will persist in consolidation areas for those seeking employment locally.

Those Africans returning to the African land-units from detention and works camps who have no land of their own are being assisted by resettlement on irrigation schemes and in forest villages. Numbers are also being assisted to return to agricultural employment in the European settled areas or to find work with the growing industries in Nairobi and other industrial development areas.