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Defence Conference, Nairobi

Volume 480: debated on Wednesday 8 November 1950

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85 and 96.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1) whether he will make a statement on the contributions that it was agreed at the recent Defence Conference in Nairobi should be made by the Governments of the African Colonies;(2) what decision was reached at the recent Defence Conference in Nairobi regarding the organisation and establishment of local naval, military and air forces in the African Colonies.

I am glad to say that the Conference was most successful. It agreed to the existing organisation, equipment and establishments of the East and Central African Land Forces, subject to certain modifications in the Headquarters and Administrative Services which are now in process and which when completed will produce appreciable economies. The Conference did not deal with Naval or Air Forces. The Conference also agreed the basis for dividing the cost of the Forces between His Majesty's Government and the Colonial Governments concerned. The latter are still considering the proposals and I am not in a position to disclose them at present.