Kenya (Farms)

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th June 1966.

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Photo of Mr Patrick Wall Mr Patrick Wall , Haltemprice 12:00 am, 28th June 1966

asked the Minister of Overseas Development if agreement has now been reached with the Kenya Government about procedure for the valuation of farms of British subjects acquired for African resettlement.

Photo of Mr Albert Oram Mr Albert Oram , East Ham South

Discussions between the British and Kenya Governments on the method of valuation to be used for purchases of agricultural land in Kenya from British loans are still continuing.

Photo of Mr Patrick Wall Mr Patrick Wall , Haltemprice

Have not these discussions been taking a long time? Will the hon. Gentleman address himself to the recommendation that valuation should be done jointly by British and Kenya Government representatives and that there should be an impartial tribunal to which appeals could be made?

Photo of Mr Albert Oram Mr Albert Oram , East Ham South

I agree that this matter has taken rather a long time, but it is difficult and complex. The report is under joint consideration by the two Governments.

Photo of Mr Frederic Harris Mr Frederic Harris , Croydon North West

Is it not about time that the British Government paid a very great tribute to the Kenya Government for creating the stability in Kenya which makes this matter not so urgent as it was some years ago?

Photo of Mr Albert Oram Mr Albert Oram , East Ham South

I am sure that we welcome the hon. Gentleman's tribute, which is, I think, well-deserved.