HC Deb 06 May 1937 vol 323 c1273W
Mr. C. Jones

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the committee appointed in Nigeria on the subject of remuneration to Africans in Government service has yet reported; whether steps are being taken to reduce the disparity in remuneration now existing between Africans and Europeans; whether he can indicate how many Africans in each department with university training are employed; and how many Africans have refused appointment because of the low remuneration offered to them?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

I have not yet received the report of the local Committee in Nigeria which was, I understand to consider the question of salary scales for certain African staff, and I am not, therefore, in a position to reply to the second part of the hon. Member's question. I have no doubt that the Governor of Nigeria will send me a copy of the Committee's report with his recommendations in due course. As regards the third and fourth parts of the question, I have no detailed information, but I will cause inquiries to be made.