HC Deb 09 December 1953 vol 521 cc238-9W
85. Mr. Driberg

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if his attention has been called to the insult offered to Sir Frank McDavid, a distinguished citizen of British Guiana, when he sought hotel accommodation in Bermuda, of which he has details, and was refused it on racial grounds; and what steps he is taking to end such discrimination.

Mr. Lyttelton

I conveyed my regrets to Sir Frank McDavid when this incident was reported in July. Her Majesty's Government have always been strongly opposed to the colour bar, but I am advised that its maintenance in certain hotels in Bermuda is essential to the tourist trade on which the people of the Colony as a whole depend for their livelihood.

I have informed the Governor of my views and of my hope that everything possible will be done to reduce, and, finally, to eliminate, this practice of colour discrimination in Bermuda.