HC Deb 14 February 1927 vol 202 cc540-1
20. Colonel WOODCOCK

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will inquire into the manner in which the Customs Office of the British Crown Colony of Honduras is being conducted; and whether he is aware of the general laxity of the conduct of its officials?


No criticism has reached me from a responsible source of the methods of administration in the Customs Department in British Honduras; nor am I aware of any foundation for the charge implied in the latter part of the question.


Will my right hon. Friend make inquiries about these people? In many cases they are coloured men, and do not carry out the duties of white people in the ordinary way.


The hon. and gallant Member seems to be making a statement rather than asking a question.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Is it in order for an hon. Member to bring a general charge against officials of the Crown when those officials are not in a position to defend themselves?


The hon. Member makes himself responsible. I did not see any objection to the general nature of this question, but I stopped the hon. and gallant Member when he appeared to be making a statement.