HC Deb 08 April 1959 vol 603 c25W
Mr. Callaghan

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many Africans from Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland have been detained by the Southern Rhodesian Government following the recent ban on the African National Congresses.

Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what inquiries he has made about the arrests in Southern Rhodesia of British protected persons, from Nyasaland and Northern Rhodesia, not being also citizens of the Federation.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

, pursuant to his hon. Friend's reply[OFFICIAL REPORT, 5th March, 1959; Vol. 601, c. 619], and to his own reply[OFFICIAL REPORT, 12th March, 1959; Vol. 601, c. 1456], supplied the following further information

Since my pursuant reply to the hon. Member for Cardiff, South-East (Mr. Callaghan) on 11th March, the Governor of Nyasaland has also informed me that facilities are available to the dependants of Nyasaland Africans detained by the Southern Rhodesian Government to be returned to their traditional homes. They will be cared for by the Government's social development authorities and monthly allowances will be paid on the basis of individual need.

I am further informed by the Governor of Northern Rhodesia that District Commissioners will ensure that assistance is made available to the families repatriated to that territory who require it.

My right hon. and noble Friend the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations informs me that he has heard from the Government of Southern Rhodesia that relatives and next of kin who are residing in Southern Rhodesia in all cases know of the whereabouts of the detainees and can obtain a permit to visit them once a week. Allowances are being paid by the Southern Rhodesia Government to the dependants.