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Trinidad (Detainee)

Volume 409: debated on Wednesday 11 April 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies on what grounds Uriah Butler has been kept under detention without trial or charge in Trinidad for the last four and a half years and is still being detained; and whether his release or judicial trial has been recently considered.

I have been asked to reply. Uriah Butler was detained under Section 16 of the Trinidad Defence Regulations in order to prevent his acting in any manner prejudicial to the public safety or defence. It has now been decided to release him from detention.

Will the Minister really see that in these distant Colonies British subjects are not kept two and a half years without trial?