HC Deb 16 March 1931 vol 249 cc1672-3

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if the present director of education in Cyprus, responsible for the Greek education of 80 per cent. of the people of the island, is conversant with modern Greek language and literature; and if so, in making any new appointment to this post, he will require the possession of the degree of a Greek university?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Dr. Drummond Shiels)

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on this subject to the hon. Member for Central Leeds (Mr. Denman) on the 11th March. The Director of Education was only recently appointed. He has proficiency in speaking and writing modern Greek. One of the reasons for his selection was his scholar- ship in Near Eastern matters, and I have little doubt that he is conversant with modern Greek literature. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative.


Will the hon. Gentleman give an undertaking that the qualification necessary for posts of this kind will be the possession of a degree in a British rather than a foreign university?


That is the present practice.