HC Deb 10 February 1959 vol 599 cc184-5W
Mr. Stonehouse

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement on the resettlement of the Africans displaced in Northern Rhodesia by the Kariba Scheme; what compensation per head has been paid to those moved from their homes; and what health conditions have been experienced in the resettlement areas.

Mr. J. Amery

Resettlement is virtually complete. About 22,000 people have moved, leaving 1,800 to move this year.

Individual compensation is assessed in respect of loss of huts, of developed land and of production. The average rate is over £10 a head. Out of £330,000 estimated to be payable as individual compensation, £117,000 has been paid and payments are continuing.

In December there was an outbreak of bacillary dysentery. This is not unusual in this area during the early rains. But medical surveys undertaken earlier by the Federal Government have enabled measures to be taken which should lead to a general improvement in the health and nutrition of those who have moved. I will place in the Library copies of a report just received from the Governor.

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