HC Deb 21 October 1920 vol 133 c1109W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that, in the civil service of Kenya (late East Africa) Colony, there are about 1,000 Goanese, all Portuguese subjects; and whether, in view of the excellent climate, suitable work, and, in most cases, adequate salary, most of these posts can be offered to unemployed ex-service men?

Lieut.-Colonel AMERY

I cannot at abort notice cheek my hon. Friend's information as to the number of Goanese employés. Many of these men have rendered long and meritorious service, of whom a few have thereby earned salaries which would, from the point of view of a European, be regarded as adequate as an initial salary. These it would obviously be unjust to replace. Generally speaking, however, the salaries of the non-European employés are very much lower than those of the lowest paid European employés, apart from the extra cost of passages, leave and pensions, and I am afraid the general substitution of non-European by European employés would be impracticable on the ground of expense.