HC Deb 08 November 1966 vol 735 c241W
Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement on the safety of British subjects and British companies in Zambia.

Mr. Bowden

As hon. Members are aware, disturbances broke out at Kitwe on 30th October following a fire at an oil depot. As a result of these disturbances Mrs. Myburgh, the wife of a British subject, was killed and several people received minor injuries. I am sure that the House will join me in expressing sympathy to the family of Mrs. Myburgh.

The Zambian Government, which is, of course, responsible for the safety of all communities in Zambia, has strongly condemned those responsible for the disorders, and issued emphatic warnings against racialism in any form. President Kaunda has appealed for discipline in all sections of the community. Additional security measures have been taken, and the situation in the Copperbelt and in Zambia as a whole is at present quiet and under control.