HC Deb 07 December 1961 vol 650 cc1508-9
9. Mr. Dugdale

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why there are nine times as many Africans as Europeans employed in clerical occupations by the Nyasaland Government, and more Europeans than Africans employed in similar occupations by the Government of Northern Rhodesia; and whether he is satisfied with this discrepancy.

Mr. H. Fraser

The racial distribution of those employed in clerical occupations by the Governments of Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland depends on the numbers of suitably qualified applicants from each race and naturally reflects the racial distribution of the population as a whole. In both territories Africans form a considerable majority of those holding permanent posts, and this proportion should increase as qualified Africans become available to fill posts at present occupied by Europeans on temporary terms.

Mr. Dugdale

Does this mean that the educational system for Africans in Nyasaland is so much better than the educational system for Africans in Northern Rhodesia, or does it mean that the ideas of partnership in Nyasaland are radically different from those in Northern Rhodesia, because it must mean one or the other?

Mr. Fraser

No. If the right hon. Gentleman will look closely at the figures he will find that in Northern Rhodesia there are 912 Africans but only about 250 Europeans in permanent employment. In Nyasaland there are 950 Africans and only 40 or 50 Europeans. This largely reflects the skills available and the proportions of the races in both countries, which vary.

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