HC Deb 07 December 1938 vol 342 cc1180-1
77. Mr. Creech Jones

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether there is any special reason why all public and other meetings of a political character are denied to the working people of Mauritius?

Mr. M. MacDonald

My information does not bear out the suggestion in the hon. Member's question. I am informed that in recent months the Governor has considered it desirable in the public interest to withhold permission for a few particular meetings. These occasions have not been confined to meetings of workpeople. There is no general restriction on public or other meetings in Mauritius.

Mr. Creech Jones

If I produce evidence which bears out the statement in my question, will the Minister give some attention to this matter? In view of the fact that there are no opportunities for political expression by working people in Mauritius, should not some immediate change be made in the Constitution of that Colony?

Mr. MacDonald

I will gladly consider any information that the hon. Member has in his possession.