HC Deb 26 May 1960 vol 624 cc61-2W
Mr. Stonehouse

asked the Minister of State for Commonwealth Relations how many United Kingdom subjects and British-protected persons, respectively, are now imprisoned in the Union of South Africa without trial; what representations he has made to secure their release; and how many of this number are correspondents of British newspapers.

Mr. Alport

In addition to Dr. Letele, who is a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies, it has been confirmed that Mr. Mpho, who is a British protected person, is detained under the Emergency Regulations. Inquiries are being made to establish whether a third man is a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies.

The High Commissioner or his representative was expecting to visit Dr. Letele and Mr. Mpho this week, and his further report is awaited.

The United Kingdom Government have repeatedly made plain to the Union Government their view that any citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies or British protected person who is detained should be informed as soon as possible of the charges against him and brought to trial, or else should be released.

I have no information that any of these persons has any connection with the United Kingdom Press.