HC Deb 14 April 1943 vol 388 cc1205-6
41. Mr. Creech Jones

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the officers and committee of the three African societies in Kenya are still detained; whether any of the men concerned have been released; what are the conditions of their detention; whether detention is subject to periodic review; and whether the conditions of their detention are similar to those of Prince Paul of Yugoslavia?

Coloney Stanley

The 23 members of the Joint Council of the Kikuyu Central Association, the Ukamba Members' Association and the Teita Hills Association who were detained in 1940 under the Kenya Defence Regulations are still under detention, with the exception of three men who have been released subject to certain conditions considered necessary by the Security authorities. The detainees are accommodated in a camp at Kapenguria. The Detention Orders have been reviewed periodically, and in the three cases mentioned above have been suspended. The answer to the last part of the Question is in the negative. It will be understood that this case does not fall under the Kenya Defence Regulations.

Mr. John Dugdale

Would these men be detained for similar offences in this country?

Viscountess Astor

Have all these Members who are asking questions about the Colonies ever been in the Colonies? If not, it is positively dangerous to ask such Questions.