HC Deb 26 July 1951 vol 491 cc99-100W
Sir W. Darling

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how far, under his regulations, officers of the Colonial Service who are dismissed have a right to a court of inquiry or the right of appeal to the Secretary of State.

Mr. J. Griffiths

All officers in the Colonial Service have a right of appeal to the Secretary of State. Officers hold office subject to the pleasure of the Crown, and the pleasure of the Crown that an officer should no longer hold his office may be signified by the Secretary of State.

The normal procedure for dismissal of pensionable officers may be summarised as follows: In the case of officers with pensionable emoluments of over £600 a year, the officer can be dismissed only after a committee of inquiry presided over by a legal officer has investigated the charges which are relied upon as grounds for dismissal. The recommendation for dismissal is subject to the approval of the Secretary of State. If the dismissal of an officer with pensionable emoluments of £600 a year or less is contemplated, the charges are investigated by the Governor of the Colony with the aid of the head of the officer's Department. Dismissal may be made by the Governor, but the officer may submit a memorial to the Secretary of State. If any officer is convicted of a criminal offence he may be dismissed, but the action must be reported to the Secretary of State for approval.