HC Deb 22 February 1962 vol 654 cc606-7
15. Dr. D. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT particulars of cases of ritual murder that have occurred in Nyasaland during the past twelve months.

Mr. Maudling

There have been two cases of so-called ritual murder in the past twelve months. I have asked the Governor for particulars and will circulate them in the OFFICIAL REPORT later.

Dr. Johnson

While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask him whether he agrees that these reports are extremely disturbing, and that, despite what he has said in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Chigwell (Mr. Biggs-Davison), these are illustrations of the danger of allowing primitive people premature self-government?

Mr. Maudling

I should not like to draw any deductions from these two particular cases until I have had the details for which I have asked.

Mr. Sorensen

Did the hon. Member for Carlisle (Dr. D. Johnson) refer to murders in this country, which are rather frequent, or in other countries?

Sir G. Nicholson

Is it not time that tribute was paid to the high standard of law and order maintained in Nyasaland at the present time?

Mr. Maudling

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that supplementary question. I did say earlier that the present state of law and order in Nyasaland is satisfactory.

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