§ Mrs. Castle
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what are the functions of the Mobile Unit in Northern Rhodesia; and how these have been discharged in the district of Mpulungu, in Namukolo's village and the villages of Chiefs Mpande and Nsokolo during the month of November.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
The main function of the Mobile Unit of the Police Force is to provide a reserve force to assist in the maintenance of law and order; it can be used to reinforce police stations and to provide additional numbers of men when required for police purposes.
A platoon of the unit accompanied the District Commissioner last month when he visited several villages in the Abercorn District where villagers had been acting in defiance of the Native Authority. The villages visited included Niamkolo but the information available to me does not show whether they included the others mentioned by the hon. Member which are, however, in the same area.