HC Deb 13 July 1936 vol 314 cc1689-91W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the scholarship facilities to African students to study at the Imperial Agricultural

during the year ended 31st March, 1936, on persons who may ultimately be held to be within the scope of the Unemployment Assistance Act, 1934, is not available. The following table, however, shows the information desired so far as it can be estimated from figures obtained from the local authorities:

College at Trinidad are made available to all suitable students; whether he has knowledge that a Nigerian who completed his training in the agricultural department at Reading University was refused last year; and whether such application can be entertained for the 'academic year 1936–37?


Colonial agricultural scholarships at the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture, Trinidad, are awarded by a process of selection. I am aware of the case of a Nigerian student referred to in the question. His academic attainments were not con- sidered adequate. It is open to him to make a further application, but I am advised that his chances of success are not good, as the number of applicants is considerable and the standard is high. Scholars are recommended for selection entirely on their respective merits by an Advisory Selection Committee.