§ Mr. Brooke
In the absence of the First Secretary of State, I have been asked to reply.
Between 1st January and 25th June there were 1,257 incidents with some political implication. The bulk of these, however, were of a comparatively minor nature. Incidents of a serious and clearly political nature amounted to 108. Twenty persons have lost their lives as a direct result of political disturbances, and seven more in incidents which may have had a political origin.
The Government of Northern Rhodesia announced on 25th June the appointment of a Commission of Inquiry to ascertain the causes of unrest in the urban areas of the Western Province and to recommend the means of bringing this unrest to an end.