Has not my hon. Friend's attention been drawn to the report made on 17th April by Mr. Greenidge, Director of the Anti-Slavery and Aborigines' Protection Society, saying that the slave trade has been revived between Africa and Arabia and between Saudi Arabia and other parts of Asia? In view of that report, would my hon. Friend look into the matter, having regard to the great tradition of this country in connection with the repression of the slave trade?
The hon. Gentleman said just now that there did not seem to have been an increase in the slave trade. Is he, therefore, saying that there is slavery going on in those parts, and that, unless it increases, the Government are not interested?
No. I did not say that. I said there was no evidence that the trade was going on at the moment but that interest had increased. There is no sign that there has been a recrudescence of the trade