HC Deb 20 May 1958 vol 588 c1087
23. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what written commitments have to be made by detainees in Kenya camps before they are considered eligible for release.

Mr. Profumo

None, Sir.

Mrs. Castle

Is not it the case that at Nyeri in March this year a detainee was asked to sign a document in which, in order to get his release, he had to pledge that: I will never be an agitator. I will never enter into the organisation of the agitators. I agree to the land consolidation programme. I shall never ask the Government to pay back any loss incurred while I was a detainee. Is not it clear that the right hon. Gentleman has been misled by the Governor in stating that there are no commitments?

Mr. Profumo

My right hon. Friend has not been misled. Release does not depend on confession, either verbal or written, but wholly on the Governor's judgment of whether, for the purpose of maintaining law and order, which the hon. Lady realises as well as anyone else is still in danger in this Territory, it is still necessary to exercise control over an individual.

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