§ 6. Mr. D. Foot
asked the First Secretary of State whether, during his visit to Central Africa, he discussed with the 1458 Federal authorities the alteration of the Constitution in regard to responsibility for immigration.
§ Mr. Foot
Did the First Secretary at no time discuss with the Federal authorities the operation of the immigration laws, the king series of arbitrary expulsions from the Federation of persons with whose political views the Federal Government did not agree? Did he at no time make any representations about the widespread indignation felt among all parties in this country about the treatment of Dr. Terence Ranger?
§ Mr. Macleod
My right hon. Friend was concerned with matters of broad policy and discussions with the Government concerned. On the immediate question of Dr. Ranger, there is some difficulty in my commenting, partly because these matters are within the Federal Government's immigration powers but more particularly because Dr. Ranger has entered an appeal, judgment on which has been reserved until 20th February.
§ Mrs. Castle
But did not the right hon. Gentleman make any representations about the treatment of Dr. Ranger before this difficulty arose? Will not he undertake to do so when the opportunity arises?
§ Mr. Macleod
I will convey the views of hon. Members in this matter to the First Secretary, but I must remind the House of the point that I made a moment ago. Because of what I have said, I do not think that it would be right, in any case, to comment about the matter.