§ Mr. Stonehouse
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why charges were brought against Mr. B. D. Lakshman, a member of the Fiji Legislative Council, for refusing to appear before the Lowe Commission of Inquiry.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
Mr. Lakshman was summoned to attend the Commission as a witness because of statements he had made publicly associating himself with the strikers, particularly following the riots, and because he had publicly blamed the police for provoking the crowds into riots. He refused to attend and was accordingly prosecuted under Section 13 of the Commissions of Enquiry Ordinance before the Magistrates Court in Suva; he was found guilty and fined £10.