HC Deb 10 May 1900 vol 82 cc1244-5

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, having regard to the effects upon Europeans of prolonged residence on the Gold Coast, the Colonial Office takes care to promote judicial and other officers of the Crown who have acquitted themselves satisfactorily in their offices, and who have been in residence for a reasonable time in that colony, to other posts in healthier climates.


Yes, officers who have served for live years in West Africa, and have discharged their duties satisfactorily, are regarded as having claims to promotion to offices in healthier climates, but unfortunately the number of appointments at the disposal of the Secretary of State in such climates is so small as compared with the number of officers in West Africa that it is practi- cally impossible to find appointments for all the officers whom the Secretary of State would wish to promote.