HC Deb 18 February 1954 vol 523 cc2154-5
45. Mr. Lewis

asked the Prime Minister whether he will state the Government's policy with regard to the colour bar; and whether he will instruct all Ministers to take action within their Ministerial and Departmental powers to prevent the operation and continuation of the colour bar.

The Prime Minister (Sir Winston Churchill)

The laws and custom of this country upon this subject are well known, and I am advised there is no need for new instructions.

Mr. Lewis

Is the Prime Minister aware that I and, I think, most of my hon. Friends are rather disappointed with his reply and we would have expected him to be more forthcoming? Will he make a wider statement, at least as strong as some statements of his Ministers, in condemning this practice, which has shown itself on many occasions, unfortunately, in this country?

Mr. Beresford Craddock

If my right hon. Friend is to make a statement on the matter, will he bear in mind the interest of the white man occasionally?

Hon. Members


Mr. G. Thomas

Is the Prime Minister aware that this is no party issue but that it has already been a matter for discussion with some of his Departmental Ministers in the House and that the Minister of Education declines to withdraw recognition from private schools where a colour bar is practised?

The Prime Minister

I think I have answered the Question on the Paper.

Mr. Gower

On a point of order. Is this Question strictly accurate, because only recently, as reported in the Press, a coloured man coming to this country said all his countrymen liked to come to this country because this is the only country in the world without a colour bar?

Mr. Speaker

That is not a point of order.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the question of colour bar has become a great factor in world affairs, and speeches, actions and deeds of Her Majesty's Government may have a tremendous effect on the future of the British Commonwealth?

The Prime Minister

I will certainly bear that and many other facts in mind.