HC Deb 07 June 1917 vol 94 cc305-6
131. Mr. STANTON

asked the Under-Secretary for War if he is aware that hundreds of thousands of young, strong, and willing coloured members of our Empire are ready to go to the front to fight for this country; whether, seeing that such men are better fitted physically and temperamentally adapted for such a campaign than many of those now being called up, he will explain why these men are not used; and whether his Department will consider this question?


The means of utilising to the best advantage the services which the coloured peoples of the Empire are capable of rendering have already been thoroughly investigated and are continually under consideration. Contingents of these peoples are already rendering useful service in several theatres of war, in the capacities for which they are best suited, and arrangements are in hand both for reinforcing existing contingents and for forming new ones.