HC Deb 22 July 1958 vol 592 c225
50. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what reply has been sent by the Broken Hill District Race Relations Committee, Northern Rhodesia, to the complaint by the Rev. M. M. Temple that 11 members of the Constitution Party, including three Africans and one Asian, were refused refreshments at the Rio Cafe, Broken Hill, on 18th February last.

Mr. Profumo

My right hon. Friend has written to the hon. Member giving her a summary of the lengthy correspondence. In effect, the Committee accepted that the refusal to serve non-Europeans was for purely commercial reasons and did not consider that it would be helpful to take the matter further at this stage. The same complaint is now under consideration by the Central Committee.

Mrs. Castle

I appreciate the very full summary which the Colonial Secretary has sent me. May I ask whether that can be circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT in order that this House may judge for itself how the Broken Hill District Race Relations Committee is failing to do its job? May I also ask that the findings of the Central Committee also be circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT in due course?

Mr. Profumo

I will certainly give consideration to both those requests.