HC Deb 30 November 1949 vol 470 c1137
39. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether all Nigerian police carry firearms; if the possibility of their not normally carrying arms has been considered; and why tear-gas or non-lethal weapons have not been available instead of fire-arms in cases of industrial disturbance.

Mr. Creech Jones

The Nigerian police do not normally carry firearms. They are trained in the use of tear-smoke, and supplies are maintained in Nigeria.

Mr. Sorensen

Why did the police at Enugu use firearms if they do not normally carry them?

Mr. Creech Jones

This is a matter which can be left to the Commission of Inquiry which has been set up to go into the details of the dispute.


Medlicott: Can the right hon. Gentleman say how these things happen when there is a Socialist Government in this country, since we have been led, by years of propaganda, to believe that they could only happen under Tory misrule?

Mr. Rankin

In addition to the use of tear gas, has my right hon. Friend given any consideration to the use of the fire brigade, if there is a fire brigade?

Mr. Creech Jones

I can answer that in the affirmative.