HC Deb 11 June 1959 vol 606 c1154
7. Mr. E. L. Mallalieu

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what discussions have taken place with the Government of the Southern Cameroons about the provision by the United Kingdom of financial aid and of staff to assist in development.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

No special discussions have been held, but the Southern Cameroons are receiving substantial help under the Colonial Development and Welfare Acts. The public service there is at present staffed by secondment from the Federal public service.

Mr. Mallalieu

Having regard to the indication given by the right hon. Gentleman in the 1957 Constitutional Conference that we should be prepared to give continuing aid if they have opted to remain under our Trusteeship, would not he agree that at the same time it is important to consider the question of staff in the subsequent period?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Of course it is, and at the moment, through being able to draw on the Federal public service, the Southern Cameroons are in a far stronger position than if they were on their own.