§ 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 1149 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.