HC Deb 02 February 1949 vol 460 c1660
20. Mr. Piratin

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, arising from the Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the disturbances at Aden in December, 1947, what disciplinary action he has taken against any of the senior officials whose responsibility it was to maintain law and order which the report shows they were ineffective in carrying out.

Mr. Creech Jones

For reasons which will be clear from the full statement that I made on 21st September last, in reply to a Question by the hon. Member for Attercliffe (Mr. J. Hynd), I do not consider that any disciplinary action is required in consequence of the report of this Commission of Inquiry.

Mr. Piratin

In view of the fact that, among other things, Sir Harry Trusted says in his report, in paragraph 209: I do not think it can be suggested that these persons who were killed were doing anything unlawful, could not the Colonial Secretary look into the matter again? The report acknowledges that many of these persons were killed by Aden levies.

Mr. Creech Jones

All that has been looked into. I explained the reasons in my reply on 21st September, and I have nothing to add to them.

Mr. Janner

Is my right hon. Friend aware that people are still living there in terror and have to be barricaded in at night? Will he see to it that the officials provide proper protection for them?

Mr. Creech Jones

Protection is provided for them; but the question my hon. Friend asks me is quite different from the one on the Order Paper.

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