Housing and Town Planning

Oral Answers to Questions — African Territories – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th April 1959.

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Photo of Mr Kenneth Robinson Mr Kenneth Robinson , St Pancras North 12:00 am, 9th April 1959

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what facilities are provided by the Governments of Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika, Northern Rhodesia, and Nyasaland to enable Africans to qualify as specialists in housing and town planning.

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

The Royal Technical College, Nairobi, provides courses in architecture, civil engineering, and survey, and 14 Africans from Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika are at present attending these courses. In addition, Government bursaries are provided in all the East and Central African territories, to enable suitably qualified persons of any race to study these subjects in the United Kingdom.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Robinson Mr Kenneth Robinson , St Pancras North

Is it a fact that at a recent conference in Nairobi on housing and town planning not a single African was a delegate because, on the Secretary of State's own showing, no African was sufficiently qualified to take part? In view of that, is not it very important to press on with training Africans in this work?

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

I am all in favor of pressing on and we are doing all we possibly can, but the conference was a highly expert international conference. It takes not only training but experience to make a contribution to that, but I am hopeful about the future.