HC Deb 07 December 1961 vol 650 cc1502-3
3. Mr. Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what arrangements have been made for a renewed constitutional conference on Kenya's future; and if the restriction upon Mr. Jomo Kenyatta's membership of the Legislature will be withdrawn so that he may attend.

Mr. H. Fraser

As has been announced by my right hon. Friend, the constitutional conference on Kenya will begin in London on 14th February next. As indicated in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Cornwall, North (Mr. Scott-Hopkins) on 5th December, which may have escaped the hon. Member's notice, the restrictions on persons who have served a prison sentence exceeding two years from standing for election to the Legislative Council have been removed.

Mr. Brockway

I thank the hon. Gentleman, but that had not escaped my attention. This Question has been on the Order Paper a long time. Is the hon. Gentleman aware that all of us want this conference to be a success and to bring the independence of Kenya nearer? Does he agree that meanwhile it is very desirable that a policy should be pursued in Kenya which will create the correct psychology? Did the Colonial Office authorise the reintroduction yesterday of detention without trial in Kenya? If so, does it not hamper us in any criticisms we may make of other countries if the British Government reintroduce detention without trial?

Mr. Fraser

If the hon. Gentleman tables a separate Question on this subject, we can have a further discussion when I have more information on the point to which he refers.

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