HC Deb 29 April 1898 vol 56 cc1551-2
MR. J. E. ELLIS (Notts,) Rushcliffe

On behalf of the honourable Member for the Tyneside Division of Northumberland, I beg to ask Mr. Attorney General whether there exists an Order in Council, dated 30th April, 1877, which applies Sections 367, 370, and 371 of the Penal Code of India (Act XLV. of 1860) to the territories of the Sultan of Zanzibar; whether any person now claiming slaves on either the Islands of Zanzibar and Pemba, or on the mainland strip of the Zanzibar Protectorate, can detain against his will any person as a slave; and whether, under this Order in Council, concubines and all persons in the Sultan's territories whose freedom has not been hitherto recognised are free?


The answer to the first paragraph of the honourable Member's Question is in the affirmative. There is also an Order of July, 1897, which applies to Zanzibar and Pemba. No general answer can be given to the second and third Questions without information as to the facts of any particular case and to the locality in which it arises.