HC Deb 21 April 1948 vol 449 c1805
34. Dr. Segal

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many of the 880 Germans formerly resident in Tanganyika Territory who were deported to Germany in 1947 were members of the Nazi Party or had criminal records; and what was the cost to the British taxpayer of their deportation.

Mr. Mayhew

The number of Germans formerly resident in Tanganyika who were actually repatriated in 1947 was 653. Of these, members of the Nazi party and their dependents numbered 359, and two were persons with criminal records. The balance consisted of active Nazi sympathisers and persons who had no means of livelihood in Tanganyika, and were considered for other reasons to be undesirable. The cost of repatriation was borne by the Government of Tanganyika.

Dr. Segal

In cases where Nazi affiliation was clearly in doubt would not the Minister consider sending them back to Tanganyika in preference to Fascist Italians, in connection with the East African development schemes?

Mr. Mayhew

I will be glad to look at any evidence of injustice in individual cases which my hon. Friend may have.

Mr. Scollan

Why not send some Communists out there?