HL Deb 25 April 1961 vol 230 c758

3.4 p.m.


My Lords, with the leave of the House, I should like to make a personal statement on behalf of my noble friend Lord Perth, in connection with a reply he made on April 13 to my noble friend Lord Albemarle. As my noble friend Lord Perth is now out of the country, and will be away for the next two weeks, I am taking this opportunity to make the statement for him, rather than to await his return. I will now read the statement which the noble Earl would have made himself to your Lordships.

"My Lords, I wish to make a personal statement arising out of my replies to supplementary questions on April 13, about the tape recording of Kenyatta's voice. I was asked whether an official of the Government of Kenya was present when the tape recording, which was subsequently played at Cairo, was made. I said that I understood one was there. I was not, however, certain about this and I asked the Governor whether my understanding was correct. The Governor has now informed me that no official was present at the time. I apologise for having misled your Lordships."


My Lords, may I thank the noble Lord for his statement and, through him, the noble Earl, who with his usual courtesy, has now provided this corrected answer?

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