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Deportations

Volume 480: debated on Wednesday 15 November 1950

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88.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies in respect of how many of the colonial territories the Governor has a legal right to deport residents without trial and without any right of appeal.

The general rule is that persons who belong to a colonial territory cannot be deported therefrom. The laws of the different territories vary somewhat as regards the class of persons who are to be treated as belonging to the territory for this purpose. In some territories only persons born in the territory are so treated; in others the class is much wider and includes persons naturalised there or having certain residential qualifications.

In seven territories, however, the Governor or High Commissioner, where satisfied by information on oath that any person is conducting himself so as to be dangerous to peace and good order in the territory, has power under various orders in Council to order his removal to some other territory within His Majesty's Dominions or under His Majesty's protection. In Gibraltar, also, the Governor has power to order any undesirable person to leave the Colony. The Malay States are not strictly within the terms of the Question, but the High Commissioner of the Federation, in association with the Ruler of the State, has power under local legislation to banish any undesirable person.

90.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many deportations from Uganda have taken place during the last 12 months up to the most recent convenient date; and in how many cases the deportations were of natives of Uganda.