HC Deb 11 June 1959 vol 606 cc1149-50
4. Mr. Stonehouse

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many affidavits have been forwarded to him from European ex-prison officers or ex-prisoners with detailed descriptions of allegations of ill-treatment of Africans in Kenya prisons and detention camps.

29. Miss Vickers

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will inform the House of the results of the investigation into the affidavit by Mr. V. C. Shuter, a Kenya prison officer, and make copies of the report available to hon. Members.

The Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. Alan Lennox-Boyd)

Four affidavits have been sent to me. Investigations into the allegations contained in three of them are not yet complete, but I have now received copies of the report into Mr. Shuter's allegations, which shows them to be almost entirely without foundation. Since the report is too long to summarise here, I am placing copies in the Library, and will also send a copy to my hon. Friend and any other hon. Member who so wishes.

Mr. Stonehouse

Is it not the fact that investigations into Mr. Shuter's allegation revealed serious ill-treatment of detainees at Manyani and, in view of this, will the Colonial Secretary arrange for the fullest possible public inquiry into the allegations made by Major Bird and Captain Law?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The investigations published in the report now laid before the House show how thorough were the inquiries and how almost entirely unfounded were the charges on which hon. Members opposite based their case in the debate on 24th February.

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