HC Deb 07 July 1924 vol 175 c1766
55. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that pilots in Government service in the Crown Colonies when ordered to appear before the executive council, which council has power to suspend, dismiss, or otherwise punish, on any charge affecting their professional honour, conduct, or abilities, are not allowed to employ counsel or to have the assistance of a master of a vessel in port or other person with a knowledge of maritime matters; and whether he will have this matter remedied?


The facts are substantially as stated by my hon. Friend, except that the executive council has no power of itself to suspend, dismiss or punish, but he seems to have forgotten that the final decision rests with the Secretary of State. I am considering the matter.

Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

Yes, but that is not exactly the point. These recommendations are naturally taken in most cases, but it is not fair that these officers should not have assistance in the matter.


My answer shows that we are considering the matter.