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Mr Pinto

Volume 531: debated on Wednesday 28 July 1954

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47.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what decision has been reached by the Advisory Committee on Detainees in the case of Mr. Pinto.

Mr. Pinto's appeal was due to be heard on 26th July. The Advisory Committee's decision is not yet available.

Will the Minister give this matter very careful consideration indeed? Is he aware that Mr. Pinto, while he has expressed the grievances of Africans, has taken a leading part in denouncing the violence and activities of Mau Mau, and will the Minister consider this issue very carefully?

I think I should be very unwise to comment on this matter pending the decision of the committee of inquiry.

If I will send the right hon. Gentleman information on the lines of my supplementary question will he forward it to the Governor?

I am always glad to receive information from the hon. Member, but, as I have said, it would be very unwise if I were to comment to the extent that he has done on this particular matter.