HC Deb 05 June 1946 vol 423 c1994
44. Mr. Dumpleton

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the case of the 14 men deported from Buganda in September, 1945, has been reviewed; and what action is contemplated.

Mr. George Hall

Yes, Sir; these deportations are reviewed regularly at three-monthly intervals. In his latest review the Governor has reported that it would be prejudicial to the progress and well-being of Buganda if these persons were allowed to return at the present time. The cases will be kept under close review.

Mr. Dumpleton

Would the Minister agree that, whatever justification there may be for the Governor's report, it is undesirable that this deportation should be continued indefinitely without the men being given an opportunity to have a fair trial?

Mr. Hall

They were detained under special powers, and if my hon. Friend knew the whole of the circumstances which brought about detention I do not think he would have very much cause for complaint.