HC Deb 27 July 1964 vol 699 cc211-2W
94. Miss Vickers

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations and the Colonies whether he will give mandatory advice to those sheikhdoms and emirates of the South Arabian Federation which have not already done so to legislate against slavery; and if Her Majesty's Government will undertake to provide the financial and technical assistance necessary to ensure that emancipated slaves are enabled to establish themselves in a new life.

Mr. Sandys

Slavery is no longer practised in the Federation.

The time when measures of the sort referred to in the second part of the Question may have been needed is passed. Former slaves and their descendants are now assimilated into the community as completely free citizens. Some remain voluntarily as family retainers; others have become soldiers, shopkeepers, artisans, farmers and clerks.

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