HC Deb 29 July 1960 vol 627 cc219-20W
Mr. Stonehouse

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the names of all British protected subjects who have been detained in the Union of South Africa since 1st January, 1960, with or without trial; if he will give details of the whereabouts of those at present under detention; in which cases such persons have received visits and advice from United Kingdom Government representatives or legal advice provided by the United Kingdom Gov-eminent; and in which cases representa- tions have been made for their release to the Government of the Union of South Africa.

Mr. Alport

The following persons who are citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies or British protected persons and who are not also South African citizens, have been detained without trial in the Union of South Africa under emergency regulations at some date since 1st January, 1960:

  • Miss Hannah Stanton
  • Dr. Elias Letele
  • Mr. M. K. Mpho

All three have been released.

While they were detained they were visited by the United Kingdom High Commissioner or his representative, and the High Commissioner made repeated representations to the Union Government for their release. Facilities were secured for them to obtain legal advice, if they so desired, but legal advice was not provided by the United Kingdom Government.