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Uganda (Interned Aliens)

Volume 411: debated on Wednesday 13 June 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many aliens are still interned in Uganda; whether he can give particulars of their nationality; and whether any of them are segregated from others on account of their political views or on other grounds.

The total number of aliens interned in Uganda is 1,145. This total is made up of 967 Italians, 51 Germans, 101 other enemy aliens, 13 non-enemy aliens and 13 stateless persons. All these aliens are housed in one camp, but 940 of the Italians, who were evacuated from Ethiopia and are all males, are confined in a separate section of the camp. There is no other segregation.

Does the right hon. Gentleman consider that some further segregation is desirable, in view of the very great difference between these categories?

I will certainly consider that, but what I am anxious to see more than segregation is the return of these people.

Is it the Government's purpose to send many of these Italians back to Italy and not back to Nyasaland, Rhodesia and other places where they were picked up?

I do not think these Italians were picked up there. I think most of them came from Abyssinia.