HC Deb 15 December 1954 vol 535 c1771
48. Mr. Yates

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies in which of the nine Colonies where the Regulations provide for the chaining of prisoners, the Regulations apply to prisoners of all races, and, in the remaining Colonies, to prisoners of which races they apply.

Mr. Hopkinson

The Regulations in all nine Territories apply equally to prisoners of all races.

Mr. Yates

Does the Minister not realise that the facts which have been revealed in regard to the chaining of prisoners have shocked the conscience of the civilised world? What are the Government prepared to do about it?

Mr. Hopkinson

I have already made it clear that the Government have asked—indeed urged—Colonial Governments to bring their practice into conformity with the practice in this country. We are awaiting replies from certain Territories, and when we get them we shall review the whole situation and see what further action requires to be taken to carry out that intention.