HC Deb 19 May 1960 vol 623 cc133-4W
69. Mr. Bowen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will give an assurance that powers of detention and of forced labour in Colonial Territories will not be exercisable other than in the circumstances envisaged in Article 15 of the Convention of Human Rights, and that in all instances in which these powers are exercised due notice of derogation will be given.

Mr. Iain Macleod

I welcome this opportunity to assure the House that, in all Colonial Territories to which the application of the European Convention of Human Rights has been extended, the power of forced labour and detention will not be exercised contrary to the provisions of Articles 4 or 5 of the Convention, except as may be permitted under Article 15, and that, in any such exceptional cases, notice of derogation would of course be given as required by that Article.