HC Deb 30 July 1959 vol 610 cc654-6
18. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will either arrange for the release of Dr. Hastings Banda from detention or permit him to travel to this country for residence until he is permitted to return to residence in Nyasaland.

14. Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if, in view of the findings of the Devlin Commission, he will release Dr. Banda from detention.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I have nothing to add to what I said on this subject in the debate on Tuesday, 28th July.

Mr. Sorensen

Will the right hon. Gentleman think over this matter again, in view of the fact that Dr. Banda lived here until quite recently and had lived here honourably for many years? If he cannot be released in Nyasaland, it would be only fair and gracious to allow him to come here pending alterations that may take place in future. Will the right hon. Gentleman seriously consider this matter again?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

It would be unwise if I added anything to what I said during the course of a very long debate two days ago.

Mr. Callaghan

If Dr. Banda has to be kept away from Nyasaland, would it not be wise to bring him to London, so that the Colonial Secretary may be in a position to start the constitutional talks that will be necessary sooner or later in order that the next stages may be begun?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I am afraid that not even that sort of cunning way of trying to get me to say more than I said in the debate will prompt me to do so.

Mr. Bottomley

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that on Tuesday I asked the Prime Minister a Question similar to Question No. 14 and received a most unsatisfactory Answer from the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies? In view of the debate in another place yesterday, does not the Colonial Secretary feel that there should be further consultations with the Prime Minister about the release of Dr. Banda?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I was not able to attend the whole debate in another place yesterday, although I attended parts of it. I shall naturally read the report of the debate very carefully. But my general impression was that it confirmed the attitude taken by Her Majesty's Government in this House.

Mr. J. Griffiths

In the light of the experience of successive Colonial Secretaries, would the right hon. Gentleman care to forecast how long it will be before Dr. Banda becomes Prime Minister of Nyasaland?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Speculation is always unwise.

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