§ 1. Mr. Mander
asked the Prime Minister whether, in connection with Lord Hankey's appointment to the Permanent Mandates Commission, he will give precise particulars, including periods and territory involved, of Lord Hankey' s experence of native Colonial administration?
§ The Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Butler)
Lord Hankey's distinguished career does not include any direct handling of native Colonial administration. But, as the hon. Member is aware from my answer to him on 6th June, there is no specific requirement that members of the Permanent Mandates Commission should possess such experience, and I am sure that the House will agree that Lord Hankey's exceptionally long and intimate experience of administrative problems of all kinds renders him particularly well qualified to serve on the Commission.
§ Mr. Mander
Is it not a very great pity that the precedent set in the past has not been followed by appointing some outstanding British administrator who has had experience of native Colonial administration?
§ Mr. Butler
No doubt the value of a knowledge of Colonial administration is a matter which should always be borne in 1272 mind but I think we have been exceptionally fortunate in this case.
§ Mr. Butler
If there is any suggestion of a comparison between distinguished persons, I find it difficult to distinguish which is the more distinguished of those two.
§ Mr. T. Williams.
May I ask whether Lord Hankey has gone to the Mandates Commission to submit the case of the Government for the White Paper, or as an impartial member of the Commission?