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Northern Rhodesia (Native Land)

Volume 390: debated on Wednesday 2 June 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any action has yet been taken in connection with the Reports of the Native Land Trust Commission of Northern Rhodesia, in view of the admitted inadequacy of the native reserves and the large extent of unoccupied land which is available?

There are two Coin-missions at work, one in the Central and Western Provinces, and one in the Eastern Province. I have not yet received the Report of either Commission, but, as I informed my hon. Friend on Goth January, certain interim action has already been taken as regards the Central and Western Provinces. The Commission in the Eastern Province is dealing with the area of nearly 4,000,000 acres recently purchased from the North Charterland Company, but resettlement of Africans in this area has already begun, and 17,000 Africans were moved into it last year.

Could the Minister indicate the nature of 'the action which has already been taken to provide land for the natives?