Detained Persons

Oral Answers to Questions — Southern Rhodesia and Nyasaland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd July 1959.

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Photo of Mr John Stonehouse Mr John Stonehouse , Wednesbury 12:00 am, 23rd July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many British protected persons of Nyasaland are now detained without trial in Southern Rhodesia and Nyasaland, respectively; and when it is proposed that they should be released.

Photo of Mr Julian Amery Mr Julian Amery , Preston North

My latest information is that, on 18th July, a total of 399 were still held in detention in Nyasaland. They will be released when the Governor is satisfied that they no longer constitute a threat to public order.

Photo of Mr John Stonehouse Mr John Stonehouse , Wednesbury

Will the Under-Secretary ask his right hon. Friend to release all men who have been cleared of disgraceful smears against them or bring charges against them in the courts, and, if it is not proposed to release these men, what further shabby excuses can be produced to keep them in detention?

Photo of Mr Julian Amery Mr Julian Amery , Preston North

No, Sir, though my right hon. Friend will have overheard the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question.