HC Deb 10 May 1960 vol 623 cc48-9W
86. Mr. Marquand

asked the Minister of State for Commonwealth Relations whether he will make a further statement about Miss Stanton and Dr. Katele, United Kingdom subjects who are detained in South Africa.

Mr. Alport

The High Commissioner has reported that the Supreme Court of the Union of South Africa began on 6th May the hearing of an application from Miss Stanton asking for an order calling on the Minister of Justice, the Commissioner of Police, the Commissioner of Prisons and Captain Celliers of the Security Branch to show cause why she should not be forthwith released unconditionally; why, in the event of the facts of her petition being disputed, Captain Celliers should not be ordered to give oral evidence; and why the Minister should not be interdicted from taking steps to remove her from the Union pending a decision on her application. The hearing has not been completed.

This matter, is therefore now sub judice.

Regarding Dr. Katele, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister informed the House on 28th April that he was in good health and had no complaints about his treatment. Since that date the High Commission has been informed that arrangements are being made for him to see his lawyer.