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Volume 524: debated on Wednesday 3 March 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies on what grounds passports issued to African residents in Kenya are endorsed with the qualification that any application for further endorsement should be referred to the Principal Immigration Officer, Nairobi.

My right hon. Friend is consulting the Governor and will write to the hon. Member.

Is the hon. and learned Gentleman aware that originally I put this Question down to the Foreign Office, as it has responsibility for passports, but that the Foreign Office transferred it to the Colonial Office under the assumption that there would be more information there? Is it really the case that the Colonial Office is unaware of this gross interference with the holding of British passports by British subjects?

Inquiries have been made of the Governor, as these matters are usually within his province.