HC Deb 25 October 1962 vol 664 cc184-5W
Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the First Secretary of State (Central African Office) what investigation the Nyasaland authorities have made into the intimidating action of the Malawi Congress in preparing a black list of political, professional and business people, and administrators, and others of all races uncongenial to that party; if he is satisfied that the Governor has adequate powers to counter such intimidation; and whether, having regard to the poverty of the Protectorate and the need to attract and retain capital and the confidence of all races, he will make a statement.

Mr. R. A. Butler

Investigations have been made by the Nyasaland authorities, but no evidence has been forthcoming to substantiate the charge that the Malawi Congress Party has sought to intimidate individuals by reference to a "black list". Should intimidation of this nature be substantiated, the provisions of the law are adequate to deal with it. As regards the last part of the question, Dr. Banda and his colleagues have frequently said in public that Europeans and persons of other races desiring to invest capital or their personal expertise in the promotion of the Territory's development are welcome provided that they are prepared to co-operate with the elected Government.