– in the House of Commons on 29th November 1933.
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his forthcoming visit to the East African dependencies will be of an official nature; and whether he will make use of this opportunity to discuss with the authorities in those territories the advisability of taking early action with regard to the Congo Basin treaties?
I am hoping, during the Christmas Recess, to pay a short visit by air to East Africa. As in the case of my recent tour in the Near East, the visit will be of an informal nature. My object is to obtain some first-hand knowledge of conditions in the territories to be visited and to meet in person members of the various local communities, both official and un-official. This will give me the opportunity of discussing with the authorities in each territory any important questions of interest to them, an opportunity which I found of great value in Palestine and Cyprus.
Will the right hon. Gentleman meet any representatives of the Indians or the natives?
Will the right hon. Gentleman pay particular attention to Japanese competition?
I can assure my hon. Friend that I do not need to visit East Africa in order to do that. It is before me all the time.