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Kenya (Food Supplies)

Volume 387: debated on Wednesday 24 March 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the serious food shortage in Kenya; and whether there is any system of rationing or price control?

Yes, Sir, I would invite the hon. Member's attention to my reply to a Question by the hon. Member for the English Universities (Mr. E. Harvey) on 3rd March. A system of rationing for maize, rice and flour has been introduced and distribution boards have been set up throughout Kenya to control the issue of vital foodstuffs in accordance with minimum essential requirements. A controller of prices was appointed last year with power to fix maximum prices for all goods.

Has not the right hon. and gallant Gentleman seen the reports that are coming through as to the very unequal distribution that is taking place?

There are bound, of course, to be inequalities when there is such a short supply, but, within the limits that are possible to the Colonial Government, I am sure they are doing all that is possible.