HC Deb 23 June 1943 vol 390 cc1153-4
42. Mr. Turton

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the extent of the contribution of the island of Rodriguez to the Forces of the United Nations; what proportion of the male population of military age is serving outside the island; and what proportion are serving in the British or Empire Forces?

Colonel Stanley

It is not in the public interest to give figures, but the hon. Member may rest assured that the Colony of Mauritius, of which Rodriguez is a part, is supplying a substantial proportion of its man-power either for local defence or for overseas service.

Sir A. Southby

Is it not a fact that the Colonies have responded magnificently to the appeal for man-power for the Services?

Colonel Stanley

Yes, Sir, not only in the Services, but in the realm of production too.