HC Deb 31 July 1941 vol 373 cc1548-9W
Mr. W. H. Green

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that a British-born subject, now serving in the Royal Air Force, has been barred by the British Boxing Board of Control from competing in British boxing competitions on the ground of colour; and, having regard to the harmful reactions on the war effort among our many coloured subjects such a decision will have will he take steps to discourage such discrimination against British-born subjects solely on colour grounds?

Mr. H. Morrison

While I am in entire sympathy with my hon. Friend's view that there should be no discrimination against British subjects on colour grounds, I understand that there are differences of opinion on the question whether spectacular fights between opponents of different colours ought to be encouraged; and that it is for this reason and not from any prejudice against coloured boxers that there is a rule of the British Boxing Board of Control applying not to all boxing competitions but to the contestants for the championship of Great Britain.