HC Deb 15 May 1956 vol 552 c1823
46. Mr. Fenner Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will now make a statement on the impersonation of coloured persons engaged in riots which at present forms part of the monthly routine at Deerbolt Camp.

Mr. F. Maclean

My right hon. Friend has been into this Question and is satisfied that the present practice adopted in training should not give offence.

Mr. Brockway

May I ask the hon. Gentleman whether he has had consultations with the Secretary of State for the Colonies on this matter, as he promised, and whether he is aware that this practice is in fact giving considerable offence among coloured peoples in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean?

Mr. Maclean

Yes, Sir, my right hon. Friend has been in touch with the Colonial Secretary. I would add that instructions have been issued that special care should be taken to avoid impersonations which could be taken as representing any particular territory.

Mr. H. Fraser

Would my right hon. Friend consider asking that the Member for Eton and Slough (Mr. Fenner Brockway) should give his services so as to stir the rioters up to even greater indignation?