HC Deb 02 March 1955 vol 537 cc276-7W
Mr. J. Hynd

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the terms and purpose of the Tanganyika Societies Ordinance, 1954.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I am arranging to send the hon. Member a copy of the Ordinance. It provides for a system of registration of societies (with certain defined exceptions) and examination of their constitutions and objects. Its purpose is to protect Africans from exploitation by unscrupulous society organisers, and it gives the Government power to declare illegal a society which is used for any purpose prejudicial to law and order or at variance with its declared objects.