HC Deb 26 February 1963 vol 672 c1059
17. Mr. H. Clark

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is Her Majesty's Government's policy on the appointment and promotion of expatriate officers to posts in the Seychelles.

Mr. Fisher

Expatriates are appointed when no suitably qualified Seychellois are available to fill vacancies. Once appointed, all officers in the service of the Seychelles Government whether expatriate or local are equally considered for promotion.

Mr. Clark

Is my hon. Friend aware of the very widespread concern that has been felt in the Seychelles at the recent appointment of an expatriate director of medical services while there were two perfectly qualified candidates, born in the Seychelles, who could have taken the post?

Mr. Fisher

I cannot comment on the particular case, because I do not actually know about it; but I think that if one gives preference to local people on appointment it is fair to consider everybody on his merits when it comes to promotion.

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