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Kenya (Estimates)

Volume 235: debated on Wednesday 26 February 1930

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies how much of the reduction of £9,000, urged by the unofficial members of the Kenya legislature in the current Estimates, was for public health and medical services; what is the reason given for desiring to increase the military expenditure in Kenya by this amount; and whether the Secretary of State has communicated to the Governor of Kenya his views on the matter?

It appears that the reductions made by the Select Committee of the Legislative Council in the Estimates of Kenya for 1930, including the vote for the Medical Department, were proposed as part of a general attempt to effect economies, and that they were not specifically related to the proposed increase in the vote for the Defence Force. The object of the Select Committee in increasing the vote for the Defence Force was to make adequate provision for training without further delay, particularly by way of a capitation grant. My Noble Friend, however, is informing the Governor that he considers that the question of providing additional funds for training should be deferred.