HC Deb 17 June 1936 vol 313 cc976-7

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in promoting schemes for the setting up of memorials to His late Majesty King George V in His Majesty's Dependencies, His Majesty's representatives will be instructed to give preference to schemes such as that proposed for Uganda, for the establishment of technical institutions, which will be of lasting value to Africans?


No, Sir; I am not prepared to give instructions of the kind suggested, but I can assure the hon. Member that, when this or similar schemes reach me from Colonial Governments, they will receive my most careful and sympathetic consideration. I think it important that the form of memorial to His late Majesty should be decided as far as possible locally in accordance with public opinion in each Colony.


Will the right hon. Gentleman see that before the natives are taxed to provide any memorial they are consulted and give their approval to such taxation?


The hon. Gentleman knows sufficient of the immense range of the forms of Colonial administration to know that what he suggests would be rather difficult to operate in every case.