HC Deb 03 March 1972 vol 832 cc200-1W
Mrs. Monks

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he is aware that Mr. A. C. E. Webb, a British subject, has been imprisoned in the maximum security prison at Kabwe in Zambia without trial since 21st September, 1971; what charges have been brought against him; what steps he has taken to obtain Mr. Webb's release; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Kershaw

Mr. Webb is held under the Zambian Preservation of Public Security Regulations which allow detention without trial for up to twelve months. No charges have been made although Mr. Webb has been informed of the case against him. The High Commission in Lusaka have made repeated representations about Mr. Webb's continued detention without trial. The situation is being kept under constant review and all that can properly be done is being done. Mr. Webb is in good health and has been visited by the High Commission staff.