HC Deb 16 July 1952 vol 503 cc2144-5
35. Mr. Fenner Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what instructions have been given to the British delegate on the Trusteeship Council in regard to the appeal of the Meru tribe against their transference to other land.

Mr. Lyttelton

No special instructions were issued to the United Kingdom representative in this matter. As with all petitions, he stated the facts and explained the reasons for the Government's action.

Mr. Brockway

Is it not a fact that these Africans were evicted from their land pending consideration of their appeal by the Trusteeship Council, and that a United Nations' mission to Tanganyika, while recognising the advantage of the transference of land, advised against eviction because of African opposition?

Mr. Lyttelton

No, Sir, I do not think that is an accurate description of events. That is not the question the hon. Gentleman asked me, but if the hon. Gentleman wishes further information I shall be very happy to give it.

Mr. S. Silverman

Has the right hon. Gentleman any knowledge of any protest from Roumania about these forced deportations contrary to human rights?

Mr. Lyttelton

I hardly think that is a matter within the purview of the Secretary of State for the Colonies.

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