HC Deb 29 July 1952 vol 504 cc1250-1
24. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for War how many West Africans hold commissions; and how many are non-commissioned officers in African regiments.

Mr. Head

There are at present 14 West Africans holding the Queen's Commission and 2,389 West African warrant and non-commissioned officers serving in the Royal West African Frontier Force.

Mr. Sorensen

Has the right hon. Gentleman received any complaints regarding the small number of commissioned officers drawn from Africa, and is there any prospect of the number of commissioned officers being increased?

Mr. Head

Yes, Sir, I am aware of that. A few weeks ago we introduced a scheme whereby we shall aim to get another 14 Regular officers annually in this Force.