HC Deb 15 December 1954 vol 535 cc1770-1
44. Mr. Tilney

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, in view of the presence in West Africa of increasing numbers of children of parents normally resident in the United Kingdom but now employed in West Africa without returning to the United Kingdom for several years, what steps are being taken to provide education for them in West Africa.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I am aware of this difficult problem, and my predecessor addressed the Governments concerned about possible ways of improving the position. When I have all their replies I will write to my hon. Friend.

Mr. Tilney

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that a considerable number of colonial civil servants and those engaged in trade and development, all of whom are doing a first-class job, are thinking of resigning their positions because of the difficulty of educating their children at the present time?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I am aware of the problem, and I hope to write to my hon. Friend soon.

Mrs. White

As in several parts of West Africa, including the Gold Coast, for instance, there are some very well-established boarding schools at secondary level, I hope that the right hon. Gentleman will bear that fact in mind in any plans which he may be making.