HC Deb 20 December 1960 vol 632 c130W
56. Colonel Beamish

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the growing concern of liberally-minded Africans and Europeans in Nyasaland at the widespread methods of intimidation employed by the Malawi Party; and, since these are inconsistent with ordered government, the preservation of law and order, and the protection of minorities, if he will now issue fresh instructions to ensure that the progress of Nyasaland towards independence is no longer prejudiced in these ways.

Mr. H. Fraser

My right hon. Friend is satisfied that the Government of Nyasaland are taking all possible measures to maintain law and order and to discourage intimidation.

Captain Kerby

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps he is taking, in view of renewed Malawi intimidation of Africans in Nyasaland, to reinforce the police in the territory.

Mr. Iain Macleod

The reinforcement of police in Nyasaland is proceeding under the approved programme for the expansion of the force by an additional 40 gazetted officers, 62 inspectors and 1,037 other ranks over the establishment at 31st March, 1959, of 54 gazetted officers, 103 inspectors and 1,609 other ranks. Her Majesty's Government are providing financial assistance towards this programme, and 39 officers were seconded from the United Kingdom in August this year to fill vacancies temporarily while normal recruitment was being carried out.

Sir F. Markham

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make provision for recent copies of Malawi and other African nationalist or party newspapers or leaflets to be placed in the Library from time to time.

Mr. Iain Macleod

No. I do not think it falls to me to provide copies of non-Government publications in this way.