§ Mr. Coldrick
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what efforts are being made to protect the interests of British employees of the City Council of Singapore who are being replaced by local men; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Profumo
The Singapore City Council has not yet put forward any proposals for the replacement by local men of expatriate officers on the permanent staff.
Employees of the council are not members of Her Majesty's Overseas Civil Service and my right hon. Friend cannot, therefore, assume responsibility, should the situation arise, for securing any agreement on compensation terms. He would, however, be very ready at the right time to use his good offices to that end.