HC Deb 13 July 1961 vol 644 c575
27. Mr. Callaghan

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will invite a British High Court judge to conduct the inquiry into the recent riots that caused over 50 killed and 300 injured in Zanzibar.

Mr. Iain Macleod

I am considering the appointment of a suitable person with wide judicial experience, and hope to make an announcement shortly.

Mr. Callaghan

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the emphasis here is on the word "British"? While not casting any aspersions on judges in East Africa, may I ask whether he is aware that there is a strong feeling that, in view of the calibre of the English Bench, there will be very great confidence if a British High Court judge is appointed, in view of the serious nature of the matters to be inquired into?

Mr. Macleod

If the hon. Member will put down a Question, say, a week today, I am sure that I can give him the terms of reference, and I hope to be able to give him the name as well.

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