HC Deb 16 December 1953 vol 522 c376
39. Mr. Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if his attention has been called to the racial discrimination practised against Mr. Hugh Springer, Registrar of the University College of the West Indies, when the British Overseas Airways Corporation's Stratocruiser, Castor, developed engine trouble at Nassau, in the Bahamas; and, in particular, to his exclusion, on colour grounds, from Prince George Hotel, where the other British Overseas Airways Corporation passengers had dinner; and if he will take steps to end the practice of the colour bar in the Colony.

Mr. Lyttelton

I was informed immediately of the incident by the Acting Governor of the Bahamas. Her Majesty's Government have always been strongly opposed to the colour bar, and I deplore the practice. I am in consultation with the Acting Governor and I hope that reasoned public opinion in the Bahamas, which I am informed is growing, will be successful in alleviating this problem.

Mr. Brockway

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in order to avoid the humiliation of being kept out of another hotel, Mr. Springer stayed with friends that night rather than in the accommodation of the B.O.A.C.? Will he do his utmost, whatever the cost, to end this colour bar in the British Colonies?

Mr. Lyttelton

I do not think the hon. Member can expect me to add anything to the answer I have already given.