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Native Services

Volume 235: debated on Wednesday 26 February 1930

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the Governor of Kenya Colony, in a speech to the Legislative Council on 14th May, 1928, promised to produce, in connection with the Estimates for 1929, a schedule, or schedules, proving that every penny of direct native taxation in Kenya is spent on direct native services in the native reserves; and whether he will give, for the past five years, figures showing the amount of such direct native taxation and the amount spent on direct native services in the native reserves, respectively?

The reply to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The Governor of Kenya has been requested to furnish the figures asked for, but these have not yet been received.

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Chief Native Commissioner in Kenya stated to the Parliamentary Commission that only 25 per cent. of the taxes contributed by the natives was spent Uipon the natives?