HC Deb 23 June 1954 vol 529 cc401-2
29. Mr. Harold Davies

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what tests are applied to Africans in Kenya when they are screened; and on what grounds they are placed in white, grey and black categories.

Mr. Lyttelton

Screening consists of detailed interrogations and investigation of the history and documents of suspected persons, by teams made up of specially selected European officers of the provincial administrations, and elders and tribal police of the Kikuyu districts. On the evidence revealed by screening, suspects are classified as harmless, or Mau Mau supporters not regarded as dangerous, or dangerous Mau Mau adherents.

Mr. Davies

Can the right hon. Gentleman tell the House whether the people who are employed on screening can fluently speak the language of those whom they are screening, or shall we have the chaotic situation that we had in the Korean camps?

Mr. Lyttelton

As I said in the main answer, there are elders and tribal police of the Kikuyu district in the screening teams.

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