HC Deb 22 November 1971 vol 826 cc928-9
3. Mr. Woodnutt

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what report he has received of the circumstances in which a hostile demonstration took place in St. Helena, South Atlantic, when the Chief Justice left the island on 24th July, 1971; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Kershaw

The then acting Governor reported that when Judge and Mrs. Windham were about to leave on 24th July there was a hostile demonstration by a group of 15–20 persons. My right hon. Friend has expressed his concern and regret to Judge Windham.

Mr. Woodnutt

Is my hon. Friend aware that this demonstration was organised by the same subversive elements who sent the petition to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Mr. Carter) making alarming allegations which have since been proved to be absolutely false?

Mr. Kershaw

As the people who signed the allegations to the hon. Member for Northfield did not reveal their names, I am unable to say whether my hon. Friend is right.