HC Deb 01 April 1958 vol 585 cc112-3W
Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the amount which is collected per village in the Kiambu area of Kenya to provide a fund for buying milk for the children; under whose auspices the milk is distributed; and on what basis.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

There is no such collection from the villages. Dried milk, supplied mainly by U.N.I.C.E.F., is distributed free under the auspices of the Kenya Government and the Christian Churches in Kenya, on the basis of need. One hundred tons of dried milk are distributed annually in this way in Kiambu district alone.

Mr. Stonehouse

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the number of Africans in the Kiambu area of Kenya who are engaged in compulsory unpaid communal labour; what hours of work are compulsory; and what other employment is available to labourers for the remaining hours of the day and at what rates of pay.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

In accordance with a byelaw of the local African District Council, unpaid communal labour is required of all able-bodied adult males, numbering about 35,000, every Thursday between S a.m. and 1 p.m., except during the three months of the annual coffee-picking season. For the rest of the day in question, those employed return to work at their own farms and village industries or as paid labour on Kikuyu-owned farms, for which the basic wage varies from 45s. to 60s. per month.