Miss D. N. Smith

Oral Answers to Questions — Zanzibar – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th January 1964.

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Photo of Mr Peter Roberts Mr Peter Roberts , Sheffield, Heeley 12:00 am, 30th January 1964

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what information he has as to the where-abouts of Miss Diana N. Smith, a British subject employed as a nursing sister in a hospital in Pemba, Zanzibar, whose last known address was P.O. Box 98, Wete, Pemba, Zanzibar, in view of the fact that Miss Smith was last heard of when a cable was received by her father on Wednesday 15th January, 1964.

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Wandsworth Streatham

I understand that she is now working in a hospital in Zanzibar, and that she is safe and well.

Photo of Mr Peter Roberts Mr Peter Roberts , Sheffield, Heeley

While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, which I am sure will be appreciated by my constituent, may I ask, arising out of what he said earlier, whether he is satisfied that there is sufficient authority in the island of Zanzibar to protect British lives and interests there?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Wandsworth Streatham

I give no assurance about the Government of Zanzibar. We have taken precautions quite some time ago to deal with the possibility of the need, which might arise, as I explained to the House, for a rapid evacuation of our citizens in Zanzibar, and there is a naval vessel available for that purpose.