HC Deb 13 February 1956 vol 548 cc2077-8
72. Mr. Benn

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations if he will make a statement on the recent disturbances in Bechuanaland.

Commander Noble

There have been no recent disturbances in the Bechuanaland Protectorate. There was, however, a minor disturbance at a village in the Bamangwato Reserve last November. There has been no further trouble.

Mr. Benn

Can the Minister explain how it is that such reputatble newspapers as the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mirror should both have reported very recently that there were disturbances in Bechuanaland? Will he please look again at this matter and, when looking at it again, recognise that the Bamangwato will never be at peace until Seretse Khama is returned as chief?

Commander Noble

While not accepting the implication of the latter part of the supplementary question, perhaps I may give roughly the same answer to the hon. Gentleman as to his previous Question, that perhaps these reports which he has quoted were referring to the disturbance which I quoted last November.

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