HC Deb 24 January 1949 vol 460 cc87-8W
Mr. Dumpleton

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what discussions on the question of internal security in Cyprus he had with Lord Winster while the latter was in this country; and what conclusions were reached.

Mr. Creech Jones

I have discussed with Lord Winster many major questions relating to the Government of Cyprus and we are in agreement on all points. So far as the internal security is concerned, the Governor is satisfied that he has the powers necessary to deal with any threat to peace and good order and he will not hesitate to use them if the need should arise. I should add that we both feel that recent disturbances of the peace, planned by a small section of the population for their own ends, must not be allowed to divert attention unduly from the striking advances in the social, industrial and economic life of the Island which have been a feature of recent administration.