HC Deb 27 April 1961 vol 639 cc600-1
7. Mr. Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations on what grounds African postmasters in Basutoland have been excluded from the senior service since 1948 whilst fulfilling the same duties as white postmasters in the senior service.

Mr. Braine

This Question appears to be based on a misapprehension. The senior service in Basutoland ceased to exist in 1959.

Mr. Brockway

Even if that is technically true, may I ask the hon. Gentleman whether it is not the fact that up to 1948, African postmasters were of the same status as the European postmasters in Basutoland, but that in 1958, one African postmaster was reduced, and they have been reduced ever since? May I also ask the hon. Gentleman whether it is not desirable to end apartheid in our own Protectorates in South Africa?

Mr. Braine

I do not accept for one moment that apartheid exists. Since 1959, all postmasters have fallen within Division 2 of the new structure of the Civil Service introduced in that year, and the salaries paid to officials are the same, irrespective of race.

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