§ Brigadier-General Clifton Brown
asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether there are any South Africans on the staff of British administrators of native territories; if not, whether he will address representations to the South African Government asking them to appoint liaison officers to help British administrators, so that in the event of the native territories coming under South African administration, the natives may feel assured that their interests will continue to be considered and the same lines of policy pursued as heretofore?
Mr. M. MacDonald
I assume that this question refers to the High Commission Territories in South Africa. Many of the officers serving in them are South Africans who have been recruited in the Union. I will keep in mind the suggestion made in the second part of the question, and would point out in this connection that there is a provision in the Schedule to the South Africa Act, 1909, which is designed to facilitate, in the event of transfer, the retention of officers serving in the Territories at the time.