HC Deb 07 May 1962 vol 659 c8W
58. Mr. D. Foot

asked the Lord Privy Seal why only white people were invited to the British Ambassador's official reception at Cape Town on the occasion of the Queen's Birthday.

59. Mr. Mayhew

asked the Lord Privy Seal on what basis invitations were issued by the British Ambassador in Cape Town to his official reception for the Queen's Birthday.

Mr. Godber

It is the normal practice of all British representatives overseas that when they invite people from outside the local community of United Kingdom citizens to their Queen's Birthday Party, they invite members of the Government, Government officials and leaders of the local business community. The British Ambassador in Cape Town followed this practice, as has always been done in the past. There are in fact no non-Europeans in the Cape Town area in the categories I have mentioned.

On several occasions the Ambassador has entertained mixed gatherings at which both coloured and African guests have been included with Europeans, though never with European members of the South African Government or South African Government officials.