HC Deb 22 February 1951 vol 484 cc1423-4
1. Mr. James Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations how long it will be before the High Commissioner to the Union of South. Africa ends his period of office.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

As already announced, the appointment of the Hon. Sir Evelyn Baring as High Commissioner for the United Kingdom in the Union of South Africa expires at the end of June next.

Mr. Johnson

When that time comes, will the Prime Minister consider the wisdom of appointing a separate Commissioner for the Protectorates, thus indicating to the Union of South Africa that the black people of Bechuanaland, Swaziland and Basutoland are in need of special care and attention?

The Prime Minister

I do not think there is any need. I think that the position of His Majesty's Government is perfectly plain.