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African Colonial Services (Recruits)

Volume 411: debated on Wednesday 13 June 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many of the minimum of 4,000 new recruits for the Colonial Service, concerning which pamphlets have recently been issued, are likely to be allocated to the West and East African Colonies, respectively; whether these will have an approximate ratio to Africans trained or to be trained for Colonial Service; and whether additional steps will be taken to assist Africans in training for posts that otherwise will be filled by white trained personnel.

Approximately one-third of this total will be allocated to East and a little over one-quarter to West Africa. It is impossible to fix even an approximate ratio of European and African recruits, because the number of African officers appointed depends on the number of qualified Africans available. With regard to the last part of the Question, this is certainly my intention and I am considering plans to give effect to it.