HC Deb 09 December 1958 vol 597 cc34-5W
92. Mr. Foot

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to the statement made by the Governor of Kenya in his speech to the Kenya Legislative Council on 4th November, 1958, to the effect that certain of those at present detained under emergency powers will be placed eventually under restriction orders in a settlement at Hola on the Tana river; and whether he will give an assurance that this House will be consulted before permanent legislation is enacted in Kenya under which Her Majesty's subject may be imprisoned, or otherwise deprived of their liberty, without trial.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Since 1954 I have repeatedly made clear my view that those irreconcilably attached to Mau Mau cannot be allowed to return to threaten law and order. The plans to which the hon. and learned Member refers were described in the Governor's speech in November, 1956, and have been widely endorsed, notably by those hon. Members who visited Kenya together in January, 1957. I see no need to take the exceptional step of consulting the House before legislation is enacted.

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