HC Deb 23 April 1959 vol 604 cc597-8
57. Mr.s. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT the names ofthose Africans in Nyasaland who, since 3rd March, 1959, have been sentenced to periods of imprisonment for being members of an unlawful organisation, together with the length of the sentence in each case.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I have asked the Governor for the latest information and will circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr.s. Castle

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the African National Congress in Nyasaland was a perfectly lawful organisation up to 3rd March this year but that in a matter of a few weeks 90 people have been charged with being members of an unlawful organisation? Will the right hon. Gentleman satisfy himself that in all these cases these people have not been charged with doing something which was perfectly legal at the time when they did it?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I was asked the Question on the Order Paper and it would be wise to await the information.