HC Deb 02 May 1967 vol 746 cc288-9
10. Mr. Tilney

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs when Her Majesty's Government officially recognised the new Government of Sierra Leone.

Mr. Bowden

I have nothing to add to the written reply given to the hon. and learned Member for Buckinghamshire, South (Mr. Ronald Bell), the hon. Member for Chigwell (Mr. Biggs-Davison), the hon. Member for Haltemprice (Mr. Wall) and the hon. Member for Liverpool, Wavertree (Mr. Tilney) on 25th April, 1967.—[Vol. 745, c. 246–7.]

Mr. Tilney

Can the right hon. Gentleman say what is the situation of the Governor-General, and who represents the Queen in Sierra Leone at the present time?

Mr. Bowden

The constitutional position is that Her Majesty the Queen is still Head of State in Sierra Leone, and the replacement of the Governor-General who, we understand, has now retired, is a matter between Her Majesty and the Government of Sierra Leone.

Mr. Pavitt

Will my right hon. Friend give serious consideration to using the Commonwealth Secretariat to effect the release of political prisoners, especially Siaka Stevens and other trade union leaders, before further recognition of the regime?

Mr. Bowden

This is a matter for the Commonwealth Secretariat, over which we have no jurisdiction.

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