British Citizens

Oral Answers to Questions — Tanzania – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st December 1964.

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Photo of Mr Richard Hornby Mr Richard Hornby , Tonbridge 12:00 am, 1st December 1964

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what information he has now received as a result of his further investigations into the official allegations made against British subjects in Tanzania; and what further action he has taken.

Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Middlesbrough East

The Tanzanian authorities have made no general allegations against British citizens. As regards individual British citizens who have recently been expelled from Tanzania, I have nothing to add to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Chigwell (Mr. Biggs-Davison) on 24th November.

Photo of Mr Richard Hornby Mr Richard Hornby , Tonbridge

Is it not a fact that very grave anxieties were aroused by the events which the right hon. Gentleman reported in his previous Answer? Is it not also a fact that very much assistance in many different ways has been given to Tanzania by British subjects who have gone to work there? Can the right hon. Gentleman ask for an early reply from the President of Tanzania and tell the House what advice he is giving meanwhile to the Minister of Overseas Development about conditions of service in Tanzania at present?

Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Middlesbrough East

On the general question I have seen the Tanzanian High Commissioner. He assured me that British interests will be fully protected and British subjects, they hope, will remain to play a part in building up the country. In regard to the question about aid, my right hon. Friend and I are always in consultation about any matter where political influence might be concerned with economic aid.