HC Deb 06 March 1940 vol 358 cc374-5
41. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what proposals he intends to implement in the near future concerning the social and educational improvement of Native conditions in West Africa?

Mr. MacDonald

I presume the hon. Member has in mind the comprehensive programmes which all Colonial Governments are to be invited to prepare with a view to assistance being given under the proposals in the recent Statement of Policy. It will not be possible to consider these programmes until the necessary legislation has been passed by Parliament, but I have already asked Colonial Governments to proceed with their preparation.

Mr. Sorensen

Can the Minister give some idea of when he will be able to announce the result of his inquiries and the information received from Colonial Governments?

Mr. MacDonald

No, Sir. We shall not lose any avoidable time, though, naturally, it will take a little time. Important and very comprehensive programmes are being brought up.