HC Deb 06 May 1958 vol 587 cc94-5W
71. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies for what period per day detainees at Aguthi Works Camp, Kenya, are compelled to do forced labour; what is the nature of the work; and what are the wages paid.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Aguthi is a special detention camp where the work which may be required was described in my reply to the hon. Lady on 29th April.

At Aguthi detainees work for 7½ hours, from 6.30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an hour break for a mid-day meal. No work is done on Sundays or public holidays. The work varies from quarrying to forestry and carpentry. Monthly earnings are calculated at 55s., which are the prevailing average local rates for similar work. From this amount deductions are made for the value of rations, clothing and time spent on camp maintenance—for which no payment is due—which are assessed at 30s., 6s. and 11s. a month respectively.

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