HC Deb 28 February 1940 vol 357 c2089W
Mr. Joel

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will state exactly the functions of the business adviser to the Colonial Office, who is to be appointed under paragraph 12 of the statement of policy on colonial development and welfare?

Mr. M. MacDonald

As was stated in the White Paper, I have already appointed the business adviser referred to. Mr. Clifford Figg, who has great experience in questions of colonial trade, has patriotically agreed to serve in an honorary and unpaid capacity for the period of the war. He maintains a liaison between the Colonial Office, the other Government Departments which are purchasers of Colonial produce, and the business community; and assists Colonial Governments and producers to solve business problems created by the war. As was also stated in the Statement of Policy it will be for consideration at the end of the war whether it will be desirable to continue such an appointment in peace time.