HC Deb 16 June 1950 vol 476 c47W
Mr. Russell

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement showing to what extent officers of his Department stationed in London have visited those parts of the Colonial Empire with which their work is normally connected.

Mr. J. Griffiths

Twenty officers serving in territorial departments of the Colonial Office have visited the areas with which they are at present concerned. One hundred and six officers serving in subject departments (the functions of which extend in their respective spheres over the whole Colonial Empire) have either served in or visited certain Colonial territories. Twenty-three of my advisers, whose functions also extend over the whole Colonial field, have either served in or paid extensive visits to Colonial territories. In addition, a considerable number of officers have visited Colonial territories with which they are not at present dealing but with whose affairs they have been previously connected and may be again in the future.