HC Deb 07 April 1959 vol 603 cc7-8W
Mr. Ness Edwards

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1) why the warders of the Mammari Detention Camp, Cyprus, were denied legal representation at a trial held by the Director of Detention Camps, relating to the dispersal of their own private funds;

(2) under what regulations a fine of £10 was imposed at a private trial by the Director of Detention Camps. Cyprus, on a warder for a non-service matter;

(3) what appeal procedure exists whereby warders recruited for service in the Cyprus detention camps may appeal against the result of private trials held by the Director of Detention Camps in Cyprus.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The four warders concerned had disobeyed an order by the Director of the Detention Camps regarding the disposal of mess funds. One warder was fined £10 and three others were dismissed. The fine was imposed by the Director under the Prisons (Prison Service) Regulations and there is no appeal against this. The three warders were dismissed by the Governor of Cyprus, in accordance with the terms of the agreement under which they were engaged, for disobedience of orders. The Director held an inquiry into the conduct of these warders: there is no right of legal representation at such an inquiry nor is it customary to permit such representation. It is open to the three warders in question to Petition the Governor or the Secretary of State.

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