§ 2.43 p.m.
§ [The Question was as follows:
§ To ask whether Her Majesty's Government are satisfied that fair and adequate terms of compensation will be accorded to the British officials in the Sudan Civil Service when the Lime comes for them to leave the country; and whether Her Majesty's Government are prepared to give an assurance at the present stage that it is the responsibility of the United Kingdom to see that this is done.]
THE PARLIAMENTARY UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (THE MARQUESS OF READING)
My Lords, Her Majesty's Government have no reason to believe that it will not be possible for fair and adequate arrangements to be made for the compensation of British officials in the Sudan Civil Service who are affected by future constitutional changes. As to the second part of the noble Lord's Question, it will, of course, be the Sudanese Government existing at the time which will be responsible for making the arrangements, but I can assure the noble Lord that Her Majesty's Government will be concerned to see that fair treatment is given to these officials.