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Sierra Leone (Sedition Ordinance)

Volume 415: debated on Wednesday 31 October 1945

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asked the Secretary of State fox the Colonies whether the Sierra Leone Sedition Ordinance of 1940 is still in operation; how many prosecutions took place under it; what were the circumstances of the cases; whether there was differentiation between the treatment of political and other prisoners; and whether he will give particulars of cases under the Deportation Ordinance and the Undesirable Literature Ordinance.

The Sierra Leone Sedition Ordinance of 1939 is still in force. This Ordinance merely re-stated in a concise and simple form the existing law scattered over a number of different Ordinances. I am asking the Governor to provide the detailed information for which my hon. Friend has asked, and will communicate with him as soon as it is received.