HC Deb 18 June 1941 vol 372 cc632-3
22. Captain John Dugdale

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the magnificent war effort that is being made by our Colonial Empire, he will consider the appointment from among the native inhabitants of each of our larger Colonies of a High Commissioner to Great Britain?

Mr. George Hall

My Noble Friend fully appreciates the war effort made by the Colonial Empire, but he does not think that any advantage would be gained by adopting the course suggested in the Question.

Captain Dugdale

Does not my hon. Friend consider that people who are worthy to fight by our side are also worthy to be represented in our capital?

Mr. Hall

It is not for lack of appreciation, but my hon. and gallant Friend will realise that that is opening a very wide question of policy.

Captain Dugdale

In view of the reply of my hon. Friend, I beg to give notice that I shall raise this question at the earliest possible opportunity.