HC Deb 19 December 1935 vol 307 cc2003-4W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs (1) whether any economic or educational assistance is to be given to the Swaziland Protectorate similar to that proposed for Bechuanaland and Basutoland; and whether any change has yet been made in the methods of recruitment of the Civil Service in the protectorates;

(2) whether he will state what is proposed to be done in Swaziland, as he has stated in the cases of Bechuanaland and Basutoland?


During the period 1928 to March, 1935, this total assistance granted to Swaziland from United Kingdom funds by way of grant-in-aid in the annual votes and from the Colonial Development Fund has amounted to £289,000, and further assistance is being provided in the current year. These grants have made funds available for all the schemes of development recommended by Sir Alan Pim, and have enabled expenditure on further development and education to be undertaken which would otherwise not have been possible. As regards recruitment for the Territories, the recommendations made by Sir Alan Pim on this matter are being kept in mind. The Director of Recruitment in the Colonial Office has recently been in South Africa and it was arranged that he should take the opportunity to discuss this question with the High Commissioner. The matter will be further considered on his return to this country.