HC Deb 22 July 1964 vol 699 cc97-8W
Captain Kerby

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether he has studied the letter sent to him some 14 days ago by Prince Muhamed of Zanzibar regarding the issue to the Prince of a travel permit; and whether he will issue a suitable travel document to enable the Prince to pay a visit to Arabia and return to the United Kingdom;

(2) what steps he is taking to issue to His Highness the exiled Sultan of Zanzibar, and his followers who came to the United Kingdom with him, suitable travel documents, in view of the fact that His Highness has been banned for life from Zanzibar, and his followers have been threatened with execution if they return there.

Mr. Brooke

I have seen the letter referred to by my hon. and gallant Friend. It is not the practice of Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom to issue travel documents, save in emergency, to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations is inquiring of the Government of the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar about the position of the former Sultan and his entourage, since citizenship is a Union subject under the Articles of Union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. I will review the matter in the light of the reply.

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