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Arms Smuggling

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 9 April 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to the arms smuggling into Northern Rhodesia; and what action he intends to take to prevent this traffic in the future.

The Governor of Northern Rhodesia reports that he has no reason to believe that there is any large-scale importation of arms into the territory. In recent years the number of muzzle-loading weapons registered by native authorities as held by Africans has increased. This is largely due to more efficient registration by the native authorities, but the Governor has asked the provincial administration to investigate the matter. There is no evidence that large numbers of precision weapons are being illegally imported.