SINCE the War, both Houses of Parliament and those members of the general public interested in Imperial matters have devoted more attention to the affairs of the five countries under British control in East Africa than to any other part of the British Empire except India. Numerous white papers on East Africa have been presented to Parliament: in 1924 a special East Africa Committee was appointed, on which all three political parties and other interests were represented: in the same year Mr. Ormsby-Gore, Major Church, and Mr. Linfield made a tour of the five countries and presented a long report to Parliament in 1925: in 1927 a further commission, to consider the possibility of the closer union of the territories, was sent out under the chairmanship of Sir Hilton Young. Following the publication of the still more voluminous report of that visiting commission, the Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, Sir Samuel ilson, proceeded to East Africa himself to discuss the recommendations of the Hilton Young Commission with the Colonial Governments concerned, and his report was presented to Parliament in July 1929. In June 1930, Lord Passfield, then Secretary of State for the Colonies, issued a “Statement of the Conclusions of His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom as regards Closer Union in East Africa”, and a memorandum on native policy: and finally Parliament appointed a Joint Committee of both Houses to consider the Reports on Closer Union in East Africa and other relevant documents. The report of that joint committee was recently presented to Parliament.
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