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Volume 655: debated on Tuesday 13 March 1962

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Constitutional Conference


asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will now make a statement in detail of the problems discussed and decisions reached at the recent Kenya Constitutional Conference.

The position remains as indicated in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Haltemprice (Mr. Wall) and the hon. Member for Eton and Slough (Mr. Brockway) on 6th March.

Has the Minister realised that a great many of the frustrations which have occurred at this conference arose from the fact that the conferees entered the conference with rigid preconceptions and insisted upon them instead of tackling the relevant problems in the true spirit of conference?

I think there is a great deal in what the hon. and learned Member has said. We are hoping to get a more forthcoming spirit in the conference and we think that is developing.

Ex-Colonial Civil Servants (Pensions)


asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many ex-members of the Colonial Service or Her Majesty's Overseas Civil Service are receiving pensions from the Government of Kenya; and how many of these are receiving increases less than those received under the Pensions (Increase) Act, 1959, of the United Kingdom.

I have asked the Acting Governor for further information and will write to my hon. Friend as soon as I have it.

Is it not surprising that the figures have been supplied to me from the Crown Agent and that my right hon. Friend does not know?

I am not sure that I have been completely caught out this time. I hope to prove that I have not been.

Does this pleasant rather late co-operation betoken a change of heart after Lord Boyd's speech in another place?

I do not quite follow the drift of my hon. Friend's question, but if there is ever a change of heart I am sure that it is for the better. I am not quite sure what she is referring to.