§ Mr. D. G. SOMERVILLE
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies how many British officials have travelled to or from their posts on non-British vessels during the last 12 months; and whether in all these cases their fares were paid by the British taxpayer?202W
§ Dr. SHIELS
When officials of the Colonial Service receive free or assisted passages the cost is borne by the public funds of the Colony concerned. The information asked for in the first part of the question is not available in this country, and to collect it would involve such considerable research that I trust the hon. Member will be satisfied in view of the first part of my reply.