§ Mr. Brockway
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what measures are being taken to allow political parties in Basutoland to hold meetings without being banned by local chiefs.
§ Mr. Alport
In view of the responsibilities of the Chieftainship in Basutoland for the maintenance of law and order, and as a matter of custom and courtesy, anyone intending to hold a 33W meeting in a Chief's area must notify him beforehand. There have been some misunderstandings about this customary procedure; and the matter is now under discussion between the Resident Commissioner and the Paramount Chief Regent in order to eliminate misunderstandings in the future.