HC Deb 29 April 1953 vol 514 cc2132-3
30. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, in view of the colour discrimination operating at the Ndola airport in Northern Rhodesia, if he will make representations to the Northern Rhodesian Government to secure such a modification of the existing practice as will avoid offence to educated Africans.

Mr. Lyttelton

The Government of Northern Rhodesia is considering arrangements which, it hopes, will be satisfactory to all communities.

Mr. Sorensen

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that meanwhile considerable humiliation has been imposed upon educated Africans in refusing them lavatory and toilet facilities that are available to Europeans? While there may be justification in the case of some types of Africans, there is no justification for this discrimination between Europeans and educated Africans for lavatory and toilet facilities.

Mr. Lyttelton

The arrangements which the North Rhodesian Government are considering arise from an incident to which the hon. Member has referred.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Will the right hon. Gentleman use every opportunity to bring home to the authorities in Northern Rhodesia the great importance of effectively getting rid of the colour bar?

Mr. Lyttelton

I think that the Northern Rhodesian Government are fully aware of these questions.

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