HC Deb 17 November 1969 vol 791 cc846-7
31. Mr. Hunt

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he is satisfied with the guidance and assistance offered by the British High Commission in Nairobi to Asian holders of United Kingdom passports; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Luard

Yes, Sir. I am satisfied that our High Commission in Nairobi takes all proper steps to safeguard the interests of Asian holders of United Kingdom passports and that any advice or assistance they may require is freely given by the High Commission staff concerned.

Mr. Hunt

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that that is not the impression I have received from a number of representations I have had from reputable and reliable people living in Kenya, who are bitterly concerned about the treatment they and their friends are receiving at the High Commission, particularly from the counter staff? Can it therefore be made clear to all those who work at the High Commission that these Asians are our citizens and our responsibility, and should therefore be treated with courtesy and respect?

Mr. Luard

In general, I think that it is true to say that the staff of our High Commission are very well qualified to advise, and are very anxious to advise and give as much help as possible. I note what the hon. Gentleman has said, and I shall make sure that everything is done to ensure that the general instructions are faithfully carried out.