HC Deb 05 February 1947 vol 432 cc366-7W
Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, what instructions have been given to his Department's representative now touring India to ensure that he pays a visit to every brigade station, to make sure that the opportunities for service in the Colonial Empire are made known to all those now serving in the India Command.

Mr. Creech Jones

I am not aware that any representative of the Colonial Office is now touring India but the opportunities for service in the Colonial Empire have been made fully known in the quarter to which the hon. Member refers.

The reopening of general recruitment to the Colonial service in June, 1945, was announced to the Armed Forces throughout the world by means of special orders from the three Service Departments. Suitable literature was distributed to all units and a special recruiting office was set up in India. That office was closed in October, 1946. Three thousand applications were received but anyone still serving overseas can still apply in the ordinary way to the Director of Recruitment (Colonial Service) at the Colonial Office.