HC Deb 19 December 1956 vol 562 cc165-6W
78. Mr. Awbery

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what trade union officials are in detention in Singapore; and of which trade unions they are members.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Fifty-three trade union officials are held in detention on Orders issued under the Preservation of Public Security Ordinance. The trade union officials held in detention are members of the following unions.

  • Singapore Factory and Shop Workers' Union.
  • Singapore Bus Workers' Union
  • Singapore Traction Company Employees' Union.
  • Amalgamated Malayan Pineapple Workers' Union.
  • Singapore Spinning Workers' Union.
  • Singapore Taxi Drivers Union.
  • Army Civil Service Union.
  • Naval Base Labour Union.
  • Air Ministry Local Staff Union.
  • Singapore Europeans' Employees' Union.
  • Singapore Motor Workshop Employees' Union.
  • Singapore Textiles and General Merchants Employees' Union.

82. Mr. Moss

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the number of persons in Singapore still under detention, giving the number who are Malayan-born and the number who are foreign nationals.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I assume the hon. Member is referring to persons detained under the Preservation of Public Security Ordinance or in connection with banishment proceedings. On 11th December there were 182 persons in detention; of these, 112 are believed to have been born in Malaya and 68 are believed to be foreign nationals.

83. Mr. Moss

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what arrangements have been made for Mr. Lim Chin Siong, a member of the Legislative Assembly of Singapore, to appeal against detention to the tribunal of three judges; and if the proceedings will be made available to the members of the Legislative Assembly to hon. Members of this House and to the public.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Mr. Lim Ching Siong has been furnished with a statement of the grounds for his detention and has given notice of his intention to appeal. The proceedings of the Appeal Tribunal are not published.

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