HC Deb 22 May 1957 vol 570 c1224
74. Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many of the detainees in Northern Rhodesia expelled from the Copperbelt on 10th September, 1956, have now appeared before the Commissioner Mr. Justice Windham; and how many of these restricted persons have been declared free to return to their homes.

Mr. Profumo

All persons at present subject to restriction orders (not all of whom were detained immediately after the declaration of a State of Emergency on 11th September, 1956) have appeared before the Commissioner; the Governor is now awaiting the Report which the Commissioner is to render to him under Section 8 of the Emergency (Transitional Provisions) Ordinance. The Governor must consider the Commissioner's Report before deciding whether or not to make a substantive restriction order in any particular case.

Mr. Johnson

Is it possible for the hon. Gentleman to tell us when he thinks we may be able to have some statement on this matter?

Mr. Profumo

I am afraid I cannot give the hon. Member a date when that will happen, but if he wishes I will try to keep in touch with him personally by tetter.

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