HC Deb 07 December 1949 vol 470 c1863
67. Mr. Platts-Mills

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the purpose of the official visit of a high-ranking officer of the Special Branch of Scotland Yard to Uganda; and whether the Government of Uganda are defraying the cost.

Mr. Rees-Williams

An Inspector of Scotland Yard is visiting Uganda to advise on modern police methods and organisation. The answer to the second part of the Question is, "Yes."

Mr. Platts-Mills

As this high ranking officer is not advising on normal police methods but is a member of the Special Branch, and is advising particularly on spying on the working people in Uganda, is it really desirable that the people of Uganda should have to pay in order that their white masters should spy on them?

Mr. Rees-Williams

I do not accept that question at all. The officer is going out to advise on normal police matters.