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Kipande System (Legislation)

Volume 440: debated on Wednesday 23 July 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies on what date the committee appointed to inquire into the working of the Kipande system in Kenya completed its inquiries; and when it is intended to publish the report and recommendations therefrom.

The report was submitted in October to the Kenya Labour Advisory Board. In November and February the Board approved it with slight modifications and recommended adoption by the local Government. That Government has announced its intention to publish, for information and discussion, a Bill to repeal the Native Registration Ordinance and to introduce a registration system applicable to all races. As an interim measure, legislation will also be introduced to remove the objectionable features of the Kipande system. The report, which is long, has not been published, but a very full precis of it has already appeared in representative European, Asian and African newspapers. I will send a copy of that precis to my hon. Friend.