HC Deb 22 December 1954 vol 535 cc293-4W
86. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many children of Colonial Service officers were able this year to take advantage of facilities for free transport from this country to their parents in the Colonies; whether the scheme was also available to such children who are not living or being educated in this country; and if he will consider an extension of this arrangement.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

There is no scheme of general application to all Colonial Territories, and the number of free passages given by colonial Governments during the year is not available in the Colonial Office. The provision of free or assisted passages for children is a matter for colonial Governments and there is considerable variation in practice. Any extension of existing arrangements is a matter for the colonial Governments concerned. If, however, the hon. Member has any particular Territory or particular type of case in mind and will let me know, I may be able to give him some more information.