HC Deb 09 December 1953 vol 521 cc1972-3
35. Mr. Fenner Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies on what grounds any member or agent of the Northern Rhodesia African National Congress is excluded from the area of the native reserve or native trust land in the Kalomo district unless written permission is obtained from the Native Authority, and is prohibited from addressing any meeting of more than three persons or from making collections of money in areas subject to the Tonga-Leya Native Authority without his written permission

Mr. Lyttelton

I assume that the hon. Member has in mind Orders made by the Tonga-Leya Native Authority under powers granted by Section 8 (d) of the Native Authority Ordinance. The Native Authority, acting on its own initiative, made those Orders because of the disturbances which had taken place as a result of Congress activities in the neighbouring Gwembe District.

Mr. Brockway

Does not the Colonial Secretary think it desirable that we should apply to Rhodesia, in order to develop a genuine partnership, the principles of the Declaration of Human Rights?

Mr. Lyttelton

There is nothing in the idea of partnership which would permit agitators to stir up trouble in any district.

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