HC Deb 19 February 1947 vol 433 cc1156-7
29. Mr. Driberg

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that the King Edward Memorial Hospital receives an annual grant from the Government of Bermuda but provides no training in nursing to other than white applicants; and if he will ensure that training is made available to all suitable applicants, regardless of colour, or cause the Government grant to be withdrawn.

35. Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he has considered the petition from the people of Bermuda asking that a Royal Commission be appointed to inquire and report on the conditions in that territory; and what answer he has been able to give.

Mr. Creech Jones

As already indicated, I have been in consultation with the Governor regarding the representations made on the matters referred to by my hon. Friends. I hope to receive the Governor's observations very shortly, and will then make a statement as soon as possible.

Wing-Commander Roland Robinson

Can the right hon. Gentleman say what percentage of the population of Bermuda signed the petition referred to in the Question as being from the people of Bermuda?

Mr. Creech Jones

The petition was very widely signed, and I should imagine that probably the majority of the adult workers signed it.

Mr. Rhys, Davies

is it necessary to secure the signatures of everybody within a Colony or Dependency before a petition can receive attention from the Government?

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