HC Deb 10 May 1960 vol 623 cc38-9W
Mr. Stonehouse

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why the Nyasaland police applied for a warrant under the Fugitive Offenders Act, 1881, to return Mr. Ronald Segal and Mr. Oliver Tambo to the Union of South Africa as they were political refugees from the Union of South Africa and had been granted asylum in Bechuanaland.

Mr. Iain Macleod

A provisional warrant under Part II of the Fugitive Offenders Act is normally applied for if the police of a territory receive information that a warrant has been issued against a person alleged to have committed an offence in another territory to which that Part of the Fugitive Offenders Act applies, and there is reason to think that the person concerned may arrive before the original warrant can be received from that other territory. In the case to which the hon. Member refers, the Nyasaland Police were following this usual practice.