Rev. Arthur Lewis

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th April 1972.

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Photo of Mr Patrick Wall Mr Patrick Wall , Haltemprice 12:00 am, 24th April 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs why the Rev. Arthur Lewis of Rusape, Rhodesia, has not been allowed to enter Great Britain with his family on compassionate grounds to visit his elderly and ailing father.

Photo of Sir Alec Douglas-Home Sir Alec Douglas-Home , Kinross and West Perthshire

The Rev. Lewis, who is a United Kingdom citizen, was not refused permission to enter this country with his family. I understand they are now here.

Photo of Mr Patrick Wall Mr Patrick Wall , Haltemprice

I welcome that answer. Why was there such a long delay and why was this man asked to furnish nine different documents, four of which were in this country? Is my right hon. Friend aware that this case inevitably bears comparison with the treatment meted out to Bishop Muzorewa?

Photo of Sir Alec Douglas-Home Sir Alec Douglas-Home , Kinross and West Perthshire

I think that the Rev. Lewis thought he could travel only on a Rhodesian passport. It was discovered that he and his family had a right to a United Kingdom passport, so the formalities were due to giving him a better passport than he would otherwise have.