HC Deb 05 April 1938 vol 334 cc206-8W
Mr. Hopkin

asked the Prime Minister what opportunities are offered to the educated Sudanese of expressing their views to, and of being consulted by, the Sudan Government?

Mr. Butler

It has always been the policy and practice of the Sudan Government to encourage informal consultation with responsible educated Sudanese and the improvement of such informal con- tacts is under consideration. It must, however, be remembered that a great majority are in Government service and are therefore subject to the rules normally applicable to civil servants. An increasing number of retired officials and a few educated non-officials are beginning to take a useful part in the administration of local government, and it is hoped that this field will provide an increasingly valuable sphere of co-operative activity.