HC Deb 20 July 1960 vol 627 c49W
75. Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many British subjects and British-protected persons now remain in the Congo and Katanga, and where; and what assurances have been received, and arrangements made, for the safety of their lives and property.

Mr. R. Allan

We do not yet know the exact numbers. The great majority of those who wished to leave have now done so but, in all districts, many have preferred to remain. Throughout the disturbances, Her Majesty's Ambassador in Leopoldville and our Consular Officers in Elisabethville and Stanleyville have been in the closest touch with the authorities to ensure that they took all possible steps to protect British lives and property. I am glad to say that we have received no reports of any loss of British life or of any injury to British subjects. We have not yet received any detailed reports of damage to British property.