HC Deb 30 November 1937 vol 329 cc1867-8
33. Colonel Wedgwood

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he has taken any steps to secure appointments in the protectorates for British-born and educated civil servants of like character and prospects to those in our Colonial service?

The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs (Mr. Malcolm MacDonald)

As I informed the House in the course of the Debate on 29th July, improvement of scales of salaries and conditions of service of the administrative officers in the territories, which were designed to enable the administrative services of the territories to be linked up with the Colonial Administrative Service, have recently been adopted. Arrangements are now in force under which first appointments to the administrative services of the territories are normally filled by officers of the Colonial Administrative Service either transferred from elsewhere or selected under the Colonial Service recruiting arrangements. I should, perhaps, add that candidates whose home is in South Africa will, of course, receive the same consideration in connection with appointments to these posts as they already do for appointments to the Colonial Service generally.

Colonel Wedgwood

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for his reply, may I ask him whether any Britons have been appointed to these services yet?

Mr. MacDonald

A number of appointments have already taken place under the new arrangements.

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