HC Deb 11 June 1959 vol 606 cc1148-9
3. Mr. G. H. R. Rogers

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will appoint, either on his own authority or in conjunction with the West Indian Government, more welfare workers to the North Kensington area.

Mr. J. Amery

My right hon. Friend has no authority to appoint welfare workers in North Kensington. The appointment of such workers by authorities in the United Kingdom is a matter for local authorities.

But the Commissioner in the United Kingdom for The West Indies, British Guiana and British Honduras, has expanded the Migrant Services Division of his Office to promote the welfare of immigrants both in North Kensington and in other areas where there are concentrations of West Indian immigrants.

The Commissioner has recently appointed four regional community development officers, two based on London, and the other two on Birmingham and Sheffield to assist the integration of West Indian immigrants into the local communities. My right hon. Friend and I are, of course, in close touch with the Commissioner.

Mr. Rogers

Is four the total of the increase during the last six months or so?

Mr. Amery

My impression is that it is an increase of four.

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