HC Deb 16 July 1952 vol 503 cc2134-5
27. Sir Edward Keeling

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to name the Colonies from which detachments came to participate in the ceremonies at the funeral of His late Majesty.

Mr. Lyttelton

The following Colonial military forces were represented: Royal West African Frontier Force, King's African Rifles, Northern Rhodesia Regiment, Royal Malta Artillery. A composite detachment of colonial police also took part in the procession.

Sir E. Keeling

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the officially sponsored newsreel of the funeral omitted African troops in the procession; and when the film of a ceremony is sent to a Colony again will he try to arrange that the film should include all the troops who took part?

Mr. Lyttelton

Yes, Sir. I am doing my best to persuade the newsreel companies to include in their official films pictures of the colonial troops, and I am quite prepared to take special measures with regard to the Coronation rather outside that undertaking.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Are the headhunters of Borneo who have just rendered such distinguished service in Malaya going to be invited to the Coronation?

Mr. Lyttelton

That is another question. There are a number of people who will not be invited.