HC Deb 29 February 1956 vol 549 c1180
35. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what reductions have been made in the emergency powers of the Kenya Government as a result of the success of the military campaign against Mau Mau.

Mr. Hare

Reductions have been made in the number of capital offences under emergency Regulations, delegated powers to make detention orders have been withdrawn to the Governor, and the application of remaining emergency powers is being progressively relaxed in all areas where the security situation permits.

Mrs. Castle

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that as long as twelve months ago the Church Missionary Society called for a full overhaul and review of emergency powers, that it was felt that they were being abused, and that many were being retained unnecessarily? In view of the improved situation, will the right hon. Gentleman take steps to see that a full review is made immediately of these emergency powers?

Mr. Hare

The Governor is constantly reviewing emergency powers. I am sure that the hon. Lady would not want to give a wrong impression. The emergency is by no means over. There are still 1,800 terrorists at large, and I think that the premature removal of emergency powers would do great damage.