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Volume 650: debated on Thursday 30 November 1961

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Disturbances (Report)


asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he has received the Report of the Commission of Inquiry set up to inquire into the disturbances which occurred in Zanzibar on 1st June; and if he will make a statement.

The Report, which is addressed to the British Resident and not to my right hon. Friend, has been received. It is therefore proper that it should be printed and published simultaneously in Zanzibar and London, and I hope this will be done shortly.

Can my hon. Friend tell the House whether the Report will deal with the time taken to move 820 troops into Zanzibar, at the time of the emergency, between 1st and 4th June?

I would like my hon. Friend to await the report. It is full and extensive, and it covers all the main points.