HC Deb 02 August 1944 vol 402 cc1402-3W
Mr. J. Dugdale

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the personnel and functions of the standing demobilisation committees in East and West Africa.

Colonel Stanley

I am circulating the names of the members of the East African Demobilisation Committee. I have not available the exact terms of reference, but the general object of the Committee is to secure uniformity of pre-dispersal arrangements for the demobilisation of Army personnel (European, Indian and African) of the territories concerned, and to provide machinery whereby the wishes of the Colonial Governments, based on their post-dispersal plans, may be discussed with the military authorities responsible for demobilisation. The Committee is advisory to the General Officer Commanding in Chief East Africa on all matters affecting pre-dispersal arrangements for demobilisation.

A proposal to form a similar Standing Committee in West Africa was considered at the last meeting of the West African War Council, but I have recently heard that the Council has decided not to appoint a formal committee at present. The purposes of such a committee can, in their view, be better achieved by informal meetings and discussions.

Names of members of East African Demobilisation Committee:

  • Brigadier A. J. Knott, O.B.E.— Chairman.
  • Mr. E. M. Hyde Clarke, M.B.E.— Kenya.
  • Mr. W. F. Page—Tanganyika.
  • Mr. F. R. Kennedy, O.B.E.— Uganda.
  • Major H. B. Cree—N. Rhodesia.
  • Major G. N. Burden, M.B.E.—Nyasaland.
  • Mr. F. B. Wilson—Zanzibar.
  • Major M. E. Currie, Mr. R. A. Malyn —Secretaries.

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