HC Deb 02 December 1938 vol 342 cc745-6W
Mr. Pritt

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why the Government of Uganda has sent out circulars to civil servants forbidding them to be, or become, members of the Tanganyika League, or even to attend meetings organised by that League; whether there is any good reason why such persons should not be members of the League or attend its meetings so long as they do not participate actively in politics; and whether he will take steps to have the circulars withdrawn?

Mr. M. MacDonald

The Governor of Uganda has directed that no official shall become a member of the Tanganyika League (Uganda Branch) nor take part in any public meeting or demonstration organised by the League. In giving these instructions the Governor was actuated by the well-established principle that Government servants may not publicly take sides on political questions, and I see no reason to doubt the propriety of his action.