HC Deb 03 March 1949 vol 462 c522
39. Sir Richard Acland

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations whether he intends to send a judicial or other commission of inquiry to Basutoland to investigate the general situation which has led, amongst other things, to a number of ritual murders.

The Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations (Mr. Philip Noel- Baker)

I agree with my hon. Friend that an inquiry into the sociological and other causes of ritual murders in Basutoland is now required, and I am, in fact, already considering with the High Commissioner how this can best be done. As at present advised, I am inclined to doubt whether a judicial or other large and formal commission of inquiry would be the wisest plan.

Mr. Driberg

When my right hon. Friend says that, will he bear in mind the fact that some men are apparently under sentence of death and awaiting execution?

Mr. Noel-Baker

Yes. There are other Questions about that on the Order Paper.