HC Deb 02 April 1953 vol 513 cc1338-9
4. Mr. H. Nicholls

asked the Undersecretary of State for Commonwealth Relations whether he is yet in a position to state the composition of the new Migration Board.

Mr. Foster

Yes, Sir. The following have been invited to become members of the Board and have accepted:

  • The Countess of Bessborough.
  • The right hon. The Lord Huntingfield, K.C.M.G.
  • My hon. Friend the Member for Banbury (Mr. Dodds-Parker).
  • The hon. Gentleman the Member for Nottingham, Central (Mr. Ian Winterbottom).
  • The hon. Gentleman the Member for Nottingham, North-West (Mr. O'Brien).
  • Mr. R. F. Harrod, F.B.A.
  • Sir Colin Anderson.
  • Mr. E. G. W. Hulton.

Mr. Nicholls

Is my hon. and learned Friend aware that his answer will give great satisfaction, as showing that the first step has now been made to set up this Board? Is he further aware that the real test will be the energy and initiative that they put into the work?

Mr. Foster

Yes, Sir. The Board hope to begin their activities as soon as practicable after Easter.

Mr. J. Johnson

Will the Minister consider the need for co-opting an African member on the Board, in view of the importance of the land question, particularly in Central Africa?

Mr. Foster

I will naturally consider anything that the hon. Gentleman suggests.