HC Deb 10 July 1958 vol 591 cc564-5
19. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what restrictions are placed by the Governments of Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland on the entry into their Territories of the inhabitants of Southern Rhodesia.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

In both these territories there is an Inter-Territorial Movement of Persons (Control) Ordinance containing provisions governing the entry of inhabitants of the other Northern Territory and of Southern Rhodesia. If any such person has been convicted of a scheduled offence, or has been ordered on any previous occasion to leave the Territory, he requires a permit to enter. In addition, the Governors can prohibit the entry of any other such person if satisfied that his presence would be a threat to security or good order.

Mrs. Castle

But is it not the fact that if any European in Southern Rhodesia wishes to go into either Protectorate he does not have to carry a pass or in any way be subject to humiliation, whereas if an African or an Indian in Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland wishes to go to Southern Rhodesia he becomes the subject of humiliation? Is that not entirely contrary to the spirit of the Federation, and does not the right hon. Gentleman think that what is good enough for Northern Rhodesia ought to be good enough for Southern Rhodesia? Will he see that there is equality of treatment between the races in the Federation?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I am sure that what the hon. Lady has said will be noted. The answer I have given was the answer to the Question I was asked and applies to people of all races entering those Territories.

Mr. Paget

Has the right hon. Gentleman any information about the danger of famine in these Southern Rhodesian reserves, particularly Gwanda; and if it does develop, what will happen?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I have no responsibility for Southern Rhodesia. Perhaps the hon. and learned Gentleman will put that Question down to the appropriate Minister.

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