Uganda (Reforms)

Oral Answers to Questions — East Africa – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th July 1952.

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Photo of Mr Fenner Brockway Mr Fenner Brockway , Eton and Slough 12:00 am, 30th July 1952

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what amendments have been made to the Cooperative Ordinance in Uganda; and what steps have been taken to eliminate racial discrimination in the coffee industry in the Protectorate.

Photo of Mr Oliver Lyttelton Mr Oliver Lyttelton , Aldershot

As the answer is long, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Mr Fenner Brockway Mr Fenner Brockway , Eton and Slough

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the reforms which have been introduced by the Governor, Sir Andrew Cohen, have been received with the greatest appreciation by the farmers and peasants of Uganda? Will he consider extending these reforms to the neighbouring East African countries?

Photo of Mr Oliver Lyttelton Mr Oliver Lyttelton , Aldershot

That is quite another question, but the setting up of the Commission of Inquiry by the Governor and the acceptance in the main of its recommendations has, of course, marked a forward step.

Following is the reply:I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the recommendations contained in the Report, which has recently been issued, of the Commission of Inquiry into the progress of the Co-operative Movement in Mengo, Masaka and Busoga Districts. The Protectorate Government has announced that it agrees with the two main conclusions of the Commission of Inquiry. These are:—
  1. (i) that the provisions of the Co-operative Societies Ordinance, 1946, should be amended so as to enable representatives of the registered co-operative movement to be more closely associated with its administration and with the direction of co-operative development generally, and
  2. (ii) that the supervisory powers of the Registrar should be relaxed in order to give more responsibility to the Co-operative Societies themselves.
Government accordingly proposes to introduce a Bill at the next convenient meeting of the Legislative Council to give effect to these proposals.
I cannot accept the imputation contained in the second part of the Question. The Uganda Government have recently announced a scheme of reorganisation of the coffee industry with the following main objectives:—
  1. (a) A continuation of coffee marketing and processing on an organised and orderly basis.
  2. (b) Improved primary marketing facilities to meet the producers' needs and to provide for African participation in the buying of their crop.
  3. (c) The provision of additional curing works to provide increased processing facilities and the participation of African interests in the curing and grading of their coffee.
  4. (d) The creation of a central Coffee Industry Board responsible for the general organisation of the industry and the purchase and re-sale of both African and non-African produced coffee.
  5. (e) The establishment of a common price structure for all comparable grades of coffee offered for sale by all producers.
These proposals have been put forward for public discussion and it is proposed to set up an ad hoc Committee of the Legislative Council to examine the draft Bill that will have to be prepared to give legislative effect to any proposals which may finally be decided upon.