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Brunei (Mr Anthony Brooke)

Volume 480: debated on Wednesday 8 November 1950

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97.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the British Resident in his capacity as Resident has banned Mr. Anthony Brooke from entering Brunei when he wished to do so in order to have access to him in his capacity as judge; and whether this is a usual practice in the Colonial Service.

Mr. Anthony Brooke was prohibited from entering the State of Brunei for reasons unconnected with litigation by an Order made in 1947, which is still in operation.

98.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies on what grounds Mr. Anthony Brooke has been classed as a prohibited immigrant within the meaning of the Immigration Enactment of the State of Brunei.

The exclusion of Mr. Brooke from Sarawak is necessary in the interests of peace and good Government in view of his position as a pretender and his avowed intention of challenging the cession of Sarawak to the Crown. The proximity of Brunei to Sarawak and the close intercourse between them necessitate the extension of the prohibition to Brunei.

99.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why, on 27th October, 1950, Mr. Anthony Brooke was prohibited from entering Brunei for purposes connected with judicial proceedings in the British Resident's Court there; and whether, if he offers again to undertake not to engage in political activities, he will allow him to enter for a period not exceeding 48 hours.

For the first part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I have already given to his two previous questions. The answer to the second part is "No."