§ Mr. Benn
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to what extent the Emergency (Publications) Regulations, 1958, promulgated by the Governor of Aden, conformed to the standard practice; whether they were drafted locally or in London; and if he will have them revised, in view of their effect on normal political activity.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
These Regulations do not conform to any standard practice, and were drafted locally. No revision is contemplated but they will naturally not be kept in force longer than is considered essential. The Regulations were in no way designed to suppress legitimate political activity and have not, so far as I am aware, had that effect.