HC Deb 15 December 1954 vol 535 cc1746-7
17. Mr. Driberg

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how much of the evidence regarding Mau Mau oaths contained in Appendix II of the Report of the Parliamentary Delegation to Kenya was given by prisoners in custody.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Evidence on Mau Mau oaths has been obtained from many sources, including the testimony of witnesses in court, voluntary confessions and statements to screening teams.

Mr. Driberg

Would the voluntary confessions be made by people in custody? If so, would the right hon. Gentleman agree that particular care has to be taken in checking those confessions, for obvious reasons?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

That is, of course, always so, but I feel sure the Parliamentary Delegation were conscious of that problem.