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East Africa

Volume 395: debated on Wednesday 1 December 1943

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Demobilised Africans (Employment)

27.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has under consideration any measures whereby demobilised Africans in East Africa can be absorbed into vocations for which they have become fitted during their services with the Armed Forces?

Yes, Sir. This is a matter which all the East African Governments have very much in mind in framing post-war plans.

Legal Systems And Police (Co-Ordination)

28.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, since the East African court of appeal consists of the Chief Justices of the four territories, he will consider the advantages to be derived from the unification of the legal systems in East Africa after the war; and whether, similarly, the unification of the police has been considered?

Fox all practical purposes, co-ordination in East Africa is already secured by substantial uniformity in such matters as the codes of penal law and criminal procedure and the law of evidence and civil procedure, by periodical conferences of law officers with a view to obtaining uniformity in important legislation, and by the single Court of Appeal. I am not satisfied that a case could be made out at present for a combined East African Police Force.

Labour Conditions

33.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Labour Adviser to the Colonial Office is presently visiting East Africa; and whether he will report on the extent and conditions of forced labour for private employer's in the East African dependencies?

My. Labour Adviser is now on a visit to West Africa, and the important inquiries on which he is there engaged will occupy him fully for some time. It is not contemplated that he will visit East Africa before returning to this country.

This is not an inquiry into any specific question. It is part of the normal tours to be carried out.