HC Deb 22 May 1946 vol 423 cc87-8W
91. Dr. Morgan

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any information is available in his Department of the number of directorates in colonial and other companies held by retired governors of Crown Colonies in the past two decades and at present; whether such information as is available can be published; and whether the question of ex-governors accepting appointments as directors of colonial companies involved in trade, etc., in colonies in which they formerly held high administrative positions, has been considered by the Government, having regard to the repercussions on the indigenous colonial population.

Mr. George Hall

The question of ex-Governors holding directorships is already governed by the following regulation A Governor should not, after retirement from the Service, accept a directorship or similar position with any company operating in a Dependency of which he has been Governor until he has obtained permission from the Secretary of State, who will in each case consult the Governor of the Dependency affected before approving an application. Save in very exceptional circumstances, permission will not be accorded within three years of the Governor's retirement, This regulation has been in force for the last 10 years. Applications from ex-Governors for permission to accept directorships with companies operating in the Dependency of which they were formerly Governors are received from time to time and are dealt with in accordance with this regulation I am afraid, however, that I have no information as to the number of such directorships actually held by ex-Governors beyond what is available in the usual works of reference.